Celebrating National Nurses Week with ‘The American Nurse’

The week of May 6 through 12 is designated as National Nurses Week. During this time, the American Nurses Association (ANA) calls on the nation to recognize registered nurses and to acknowledge their contributions as expert clinicians in a wide variety of health care settings and as leaders in patient care delivery.

In that same vein, we recently introduced you to “The American Nurse,” a collection of photographs from Carolyn Jones, exploring the unique lives of nurses from across the country, capturing extraordinary personal stories through photography and interviews.

Here, we present some of our favorite excerpts from this incredible book, which help celebrate the important role of the nurse in the U.S. health care system and shed light on what it really means to practice in this important role.

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