Good news/bad news: Nurse serves as Army general, hospital workers less healthy than average population
There’s good news and there’s bad news. Which do you want first? Here’s what happened this week in news for nurses.
Undeterred by being rejected from a nursing school in 1947 because of her skin color, Hazel Johnson-Brown went on to become the first black woman to hold the rank of general in the U.S. Army when she became chief of the Army Nurse Corps in 1979. As the top nurse in the Army, she oversaw 200 healthcare facilities and over 7,000 nurses. During her 28 year career in the military, she earned her bachelor’s, master’s and a Ph.D degrees and later became a nursing professor at George Washington University and George Mason University.
Healthcare spending for hospital workers is 10 percent higher than healthcare spending for workers in other industries, a new study by Thomson Reuters finds. The study goes on to report that when dependents are factored in, healthcare spending for hospital workers is 13 percent higher than the average. Part of the increased spending for hospital workers is attributed to their 8.6 percent greater illness burden than the average population.