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‘American Nurse’ documentary hits theaters May 7-8


The world premiere screening of “The American Nurse” will take place May 7 at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Md., to coincide with National Nurses Week. The event is made possible by the American Nurses Foundation and Fresenius Kabi USA.

Following the event, the film will be released in 19 theaters in 10 states. The New York premiere takes place May 8 at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas in Manhattan. The film continues through May 15 at Digiplex Destinations Theaters throughout the country.

“The American Nurse” explores some of the biggest issues facing America — poverty, war, aging, prisons — through the work and lives of five RNs, all of whom will attend the May 7 premiere and the May 8 New York screening and participate in a discussion and Q&A alongside the filmmakers.

Participating theaters encourage nursing and service organizations to set up tables in the theaters’ lobbies to offer information about their groups to audience members.

“The American Nurse” is a feature-length documentary by Carolyn Jones, an internationally known photographer and filmmaker, and producer Lisa Frank. The genesis for the film was Jones’ work on the award-winning book, “The American Nurse: Photographs and Interviews by Carolyn Jones,” released in 2012 with the sole support of Fresenius Kabi USA. The film is distributed by Diginext Films.

“This is a compelling, accurate and heart-moving documentary consistent with the principles of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the ‘Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,’” said Susan Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation senior adviser for nursing and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.

“It is that rare look at nursing that conveys both the heart and brains behind our profession. It is so refreshing to see something like this. I just love it.”

The nurses featured in the film are: Jason Short, RN, BSN, with Home Care Health Services, Appalachia; Sister Stephen Bloesl, RN, from the Villa Loretto Nursing Home, Mount Calvary, Wis.; Brian McMillion, RN, MSN, MBA-HCM, at the Veterans Health Administration San Diego Medical Center; Tonia Faust, RN, CCNM, from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola; and Naomi Cross, RN, a labor and delivery nurse at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

View the documentary’s trailer:


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