The National Nursing Museum will serve as a tribute to nurses around the globe. In beginning the project, nurses were enthusiastic about sharing their nursing history along with donations of history and medical equipment used by nurses.
Time to preserve history while inspiring a new generation of front-line healthcare providers and nursing professionals. Nurses encompass a body of 4 million licensed nurses. With a nursing shortage of epic proportions and a worsening shortage projected there is a critical need to reach out to potential future nurses.
A national museum can provide the following:
- nursing history preservation
- exploration center and career development center for nursing and allied health providers
- demonstration and simulation labs using medical equipment used by nurses such as automated external defibrillators or AED’s
- education and workshop opportunities for nurses and the community
- strengthening and improving existing healthcare through patient education
- positive economic impact through tourism and manufacturing of apparel for nurses
Nurses have served across the globe and in all wars...yet very little or notable mention is made to their service.
The Department of Defense records indicate the following statistics:
- 6 nurses died during World War I (1914-1918).
- 200 Nurses died during World War II (1941-1945).
- 17 military nurses died during the Korean War (1950-1953).
- 8 nurses died in the Vietnam War when the military hospital in Saigon was bombed.
- During Operation Iraqi Freedom, 6 Army nurses have died (4 in Afghanistan and 2 in Iraq).
Also noting that it is estimated that nurses are among the causalities of air transport or medi-vac helicopter crashes