May 06, 2012 at 00:01 AM EDT
U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for May 6

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

SUNDAY, MAY 6: NURSES WEEK

Profile America — Sunday, May 6th.  This is National Nurses Day — kicking off a week honoring the outstanding efforts of nurses in helping to keep Americans healthy.  The observance ends next Saturday, the birthday 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 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 nearly 5,800 hospitals, but are on duty in more than 76,000 nursing homes and residential care facilities across the country.  Profile America is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau: Measuring America—People, Places, and Our Economy.

Sources:  Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 254
Historical Statistics of the United States:  Colonial Times to 1970, p. 140
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 165, 172, 756

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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