Friday, 28 October 2016

A Nurse is Not ‘Just’ a Nurse – We Tell You Why

Whether or not you have ever been unwell, everyone’s heard of a nurse. Moreover, regardless of anybody's notions about nurses, they are not just nurses anymore, and they have never been “just” nurses in the past, either.

Not sure if a nursing career is worth your time? Here are five eye-opening reasons why a nurse is not “just” a nurse.
A Nurse is Not Just a Nurse – Here's Why
  1. You're an Educator - As a nurse-to-be, know that you're not ‘just’ a nurse. You educate your patients and their families on their diagnosis. Start looking at yourself as an educator, too. You are educated in a plethora of signs, symptoms, treatment options and medications of many ailments and diseases. You may have to teach something concrete, such as how to apply a dressing to a wound. Alternatively, it may be more abstract, such as the signs and symptoms of worsening diabetes.
  2. You're a Bridge Builder - As a nurse, you become the bridge-builder between the patient and the healthcare organization. In this way, you manage to offer the best possible care to patients. At the same time, nurses hold a great responsibility to provide the best possible care to their patients while embodying their healthcare organization’s values and mission.
  3. You're a Chemical Analyst - Whom-so-ever said that nurses are just an intermediary between the doctor and the patients, is very wrong. Nurses are trained to acquire vast medical knowledge. The specialty programs available turn nurses into a reservoir of extremely technical knowledge that is vital to the healthcare system.
  4. You’re also a Counselor - As a nurse, you see life coming into this world, and you also see life leaving. You get the privilege of building relationships. Patients and their families ask you questions, and you tend to advocate for those patients. To many patients and their families, a nurse is their lifeline to the entire workings of the healthcare facility. By answering questions and listening to concerns, a nurse act as an ambassador for a patient.
  5. You're a Friend - As a nurse, you don’t just support patients with physical care only; you also become emotionally attached to them. Many times, in your entire career, you'll come across situations when patients won't even need physical care, and instead they'll need your emotional support. 
Nurses, for sure, are not 'just nurses' and in fact, they are so much more than that. Nurses are the front line of care, compassion and duty. You're not just a nurse; you're a human being who puts something beautiful into the world.

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Greta Friedman: Nurse in the Iconic WWII Times Square Kissing Photo

Greta Friedman: Nurse in the Iconic WWII Times Square Kissing Photo
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Caught & Clicked!

This candid picture of a nurse kissing a sailor created buzz for a long time. Many women claimed to be the nurse however; Friedman was identified in 2012 as the nurse in the famous picture.

Greta Friedman is the woman in the iconic photo of a nurse and sailor kissing in New York City’s Times Square during the end of World War II. This popular nurse died on September 8, 2016 at 92 years of age. This news was confirmed by Friedman’s son, Joshua, to CBN News and the New York Daily News soon after.


On Aug 14, 1945, when Friedman was just 21 year old, she heard the news that Imperial Japan’s forces had surrendered and she immediately left her office, rushing to Lexington Avenue to learn more.

The moment she reached Times Square, she was grabbed and kissed by George Mendonsa, a former sailor. Alfred Eisenstaedt, a Life Magazine photographer, snapped the photo of a nurse and sailor kissing but wasn’t able to get their names.

The photo remains one of the most iconic images in American history and was a huge hit. This iconic pose has been recreated hundreds of times by couples in Times Square.

In the book The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II, author Lawrence Verria confirmed that Friedman and Mendonsa were the true subjects — a belief widely shared today.

In 1956, Greta married a popular doctor named Mischa Friedman. She had two children with the doctor before his death in 1998. Friedman is survived by her two children, Joshua and Mara, and her grandchildren, Caroline and Michael Friedman, the New York Daily News reported.

Many other nurses have changed the world with their contributions and initiatives to improve patient care. To read more about other famous nurses in history, visit INSCOL blog to read Iconic nurses every student should study.