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The American Nurse - Healing America, May 19 Film Screening Hosted at NWF State

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


4/25/2014 - Go inside the nation's most trusted profession as NWF State College is part of the nationwide film screening of “The American Nurse: Healing America,” a documentary by noted photojournalist and filmmaker Carolyn Jones.

The compelling film will be shown Monday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college's Niceville campus. Admission is $8 general public, $5 for those in the nursing profession (RN, LPN or CNA license) and free of charge to NWF State College students with ID. Ticket sales will help defray the cost of the film and also support the NWF State College Nursing programs. Contact the Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or purchase online at Box Office hours are 10 am to 4 pm Mon. to Fri. and from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. the night of the film presentation.

More than two years in the making, "The American Nurse" explores the role of nursing in the most vulnerable moments of the human experience. The film gives a voice to nurses who are on the front lines of the biggest issues facing America -- poverty, aging, war and justice.

Filmmaker Jones interviewed more than 100 nurses from every corner of the U.S. in an effort to shine a light on nurses' critical role at the bedside and within our country's healthcare system. Her documentary film has received nationwide accolades from the White House to the American Journal of Nursing and raves in the national media (PBS NewsHour, NY Times, USA Today).

Jones also published the book "The American Nurse: Photographs and Interviews by Carolyn Jones" to wide critical acclaim. For information see “The American Nurse Project” on Facebook and Twitter or contact Beth Norton, Director of the NWF State College Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at 729-6473 or email To view a trailer select this link The American Nurse.

The film "The American Nurse" explores some of the biggest issues facing America - aging, war, poverty, prisons -through the work and lives of five nurses. It is a documentary that will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America.

Jason Short drives up a creek to reach a home-bound cancer patient in Appalachia. Tonia Faust runs a prison hospice program where inmates serving life sentences care for their fellow inmates as they're dying. Naomi Cross coaches patient Becky, an ovarian cancer survivor, through the Caesarean delivery of her son. Sister Stephen runs a nursing home filled with goats, sheep, llamas and chickens where the entire nursing staff comes together to sing to a dying resident. And Brian McMillion, an Army veteran and former medic, rehabilitates wounded soldiers returning from war.

Premiering in Washington D.C. on May 7, 2014 and releasing nationwide immediately after, "The American Nurse" is an important contribution to America's ongoing conversation about what it means to care.