Nurse nabs record gator


A Florida nurse killed a mammoth alligator last week and landed a spot in the record books. His 14-foot, 3 1/2-inch gator was the longest gator ever taken in the state of Florida. The previous record was 14-foot, 5/8-inch.
Robert “Tres” Ammerman is a seasoned hunter; previous hunts have yielded at least three 13-foot or longer alligators. His latest catch, though, was mind-boggling big and weighed in at 645 pounds. Ammerman says the gator pulled his boat — loaded down with three men — around the lake for 45 minutes before tiring.

While Ammerman’s feat is impressive, he’s not the only nurse to snag a spot in the record books. Take a look at these record-breaking nurses:

  • “Nurse Elin,” a children’s nurse interested in neurology, has rowed across two oceans to raise awareness and money for metabolic research. In 2008, Elin and the Ocean Angels, an all-female crew, became the first all-female team to row across the Indian Ocean.
  • Nurse Keith Malcolm ran 259 feet — on fire! – in 2009, beating the previous fire run record by 32 feet. He used the stunt as a way to raise money for cancer research.
  • A group of nursing students from the University of Florida set a Guiness World Record for the most blood pressure readings in an eight-hour period in 2009. They took 2075  readings in the time.

Know any other nurses who’ve completed an amazing feat? Tell us about it!

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Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN
Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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