U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for May 6

Thursday, May 6, 2010 General News
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WASHINGTON, May 6 Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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THURSDAY, MAY 6: NURSES WEEK

Profile America -- Thursday, May 6th. Today is National Nurses Day -- kicking off a week honoring the outstanding efforts of nurses in helping to keep Americans among the healthiest people in the world. The observance ends next Wednesday, the birthday of Florence Nightengale, who established the world's first nursing school in England in the 19th century. In the U.S., there were some 12,000 registered nurses by 1900. Today, that figure is 2.8 million. As their numbers have grown, so have nurses' responsibilities, keeping up with increasingly complex medical technology. They not only work in the nation's 5,700 hospitals, but are on duty in more than 16,000 nursing homes across the country. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:

Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 264

Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 140

Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 603, 166, 190

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau


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