WASHINGTON, May 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Friday, May 6th. This is National Nurses Day, the start of National Nurses Week. It's an occasion established to honor the outstanding efforts of nurses in helping to keep Americans healthy. The observance ends next Thursday, the birthday in 1820 of Florence Nightingale, 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 some 2.75 million, with median annual earnings of nearly $67,000. As their numbers have grown, so have nurses' responsibilities, keeping up with increasingly complex medical technology. They not only work in the nation's 5,400 hospitals but also are on duty in more than 82,000 nursing homes and residential care facilities across the country. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Occasion/accessed 2/17/2016: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/national-nurses-day
Nurses week/accessed 2/17/2016: http://www.nursingworld.org/Content/NNW-Archive/NationalNursesWeek/MediaKit/NNWHistory.html
Florence Nightingale: http://www.biography.com/people/florence-nightingale-9423539
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 140
Registered nurses & income/accessed 2/17/2016: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm
Hospitals/NAICS 6221: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
Nursing & residential care facilities/NAICS 623: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau