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5 Influential Nurses You Need to Know for National Nurses Week

Nurses play a critical role in our health care system. Did you know that a patient often sees a nurse before any doctor? And many nurses around the world help perform life-saving work and offer comfort to those in need, even in times of conflict. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau there were 3.5 million employed nurses in 2011 and about 3.2 million of them were women. 

We are paying tribute to five influential female nurses for National Nurses Week from May 6-12.

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