National Nurses Month wraps up with positive news for the industry. A nurse-led student health program in California has entered its 10th year of helping kids eat right and exercise. The need for nurses in the boardroom gains support from a prominent CNO in New Jersey. And tips for modern day disaster response can help nurses make the best use of their valuable skills in emergencies outside of healthcare settings. READ MORE

Headlines in the nursing industry this week include one nurse’s efforts to take charge in the fight against childhood obesity, a look at the changes in the role of occupational health nurses and a new study that examines job satisfaction for nurses in retail clinic v. traditional primary care settings. READ MORE

National Nurses Week wraps up with celebrations and reflections on nursing today. A deeper look is taken at the nursing shortage as conflicting reports indicate a surplus may now be possible. An Illinois Chief Nursing Officer shares her views on why nurses are champions of change. And the American Nurses Association continues to focus on ethical practice and quality care during its recognition of National Nurses Week. READ MORE

National Nurses Month and Week kick off with great trending stories. A hospital in Illinois has launched a program that has physicians shadow nurses in order to create a better understanding of their role and how physicians can help in their day-to-day. The spotlight is shined on nursing in rural areas to showcase the unique aspects of work in this setting. And a fun nurse hall of fame quiz lets you test your knowledge of notable nurses. READ MORE

Exciting news for nurses puts the focus on care and informatics. A new national initiative to help improve healthcare quality and lower costs has been announced. A study finds the benefits of keen observation by nurses for their patients. And tips for getting the most out of informatics, as well as embarking on a career in the nursing specialty, are shared as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) wraps its annual conference. READ MORE

April showers bring exciting news for nurses. A new tool has been developed which can provide nurses more information at the bedside when assessing patients. A study shows that nurse-physician collaboration can lead to lower HAI infection rates. And dedicated education units offer nurses the chance to continue learning on the job in a structured way. READ MORE

The first full week of April brings exciting news for nurses. Nurse practitioners in Nebraska have received full practice authority, continuing the trend among states enacting such laws. Nursing schools are looking for qualified and passionate teachers to help educate the next generation of nurses. And nursing homes are poised for a step-change in culture and care, a change which directly affects care providers. READ MORE

Everyone has a story about why they chose to become a nurse. We recently asked our Facebook Fans to share why they embraced nursing in their lives.

The following 10 comments are candid responses from our fans which offer insight into the driving factors that brought them to their calling.

Discover the shared motivations you have with your fellow nurses and add your own in the comments below. READ MORE