College of Nursing presents 'The American Nurse' documentary film April 11

March 26, 2015

The Penn State College of Nursing is sponsoring a special public screening of the documentary film "The American Nurse" at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College.

Released in May 2014, "The American Nurse" is one component of a two-year project that also includes an award-winning book and a series of interviews with nurses across the United States. The project aims to elevate the voice of nurses by capturing their personal stories though photography, film and narrative. Together, they aim to inspire audiences to think about and appreciate nurses in a way that they may never have before.

The film follows five nurses featured in the book, along with their patients: Tonia Faust with maximum-security prison inmates, Jason Short with home health patients in Appalachia, Brian McMillion with soldiers returning from war, Naomi Cross with mothers giving birth, and Sister Stephen with nursing home patients at the end of life. Through their diverse experiences, the film explores some of the biggest issues facing America -- aging, war, poverty, prisons -- through the work and lives of nurses, and examines how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America.

There is no admission charge; however, reserved seating is required due to limited space. More information and a link to the registration site can be found at:

Registered nurses who attend the screening will have the option to earn credit for continuing education.

For more information, call 814-867-5534 or email

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Last Updated March 27, 2015