THEN AND NOW: Here’s how being a nurse has changed in the last 50 years

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  • Nurses Appreciation Week, which is from May 6 to 12, recognizes the crucial role nurses and nursing staff play in the US and around the globe.
  • Fifty years ago, nurses received much less formal education than they do today. Doctors treated nurses more as assistants and caregivers than respected medical professionals, according to Nurse.org.
  • Here’s a visual look at how being a nurse has changed in the last half century, including how the novel coronavirus pandemic has put them on the frontlines of one of the world’s biggest health crises. 

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