Photojournalist Captures the Essence of Nursing in America

Nurses are the backbone of the healing arts. Photographer/filmmaker Carolyn Jones’ new book, “The American Nurse Project,” celebrates their singular role in caring for patients and keeping them safe.

Traveling throughout the U.S. to memorialize the personal tales of 75 nurses, Jones articulates what everybody knows but sometimes struggles to express about going to work every day as a front-line health-care worker.

In Jones’ words, “I expected warriors out there and in a way that’s what I found-just not the way I expected. Nurses do fight to care for us, in spite of ourselves, in spite of the obstacles in their way. And, they fix us, and when they can no longer fix us, they make sure that we are comfortable and that our time leaving this earth is as rich as it is entering.”

Her work sites include big cities and small towns, tiny clinics and mega-hospitals. Her characters operate on the cutting edge of medical technology and minister inside the walls of prisons. They provide neo-natal and end-of-life care. They represent the human condition at its most vulnerable and its strongest.

To preview “The American Nurse Project” and order copies, link here.

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