The hot new place for nurses to work these days isn’t at a hospital - it’s at the local library!
A growing number of libraries are hiring in-house nurses to help patrons with their medical needs.
So why libraries?
Experts point out that libraries these days are more than just a place to check out books or DVDs. They’re taking the place of community centers. And offer everything from career workshops to cooking classes to concerts.
So, library officials say that having an in-house nurse is just another service to offer to the community.
So, what exactly do library nurses do? Everything from checking your blood pressure to bandaging a cut.
They also usually hold workshops similar to story time. But instead of reading books to children, they talk to everyone about good hygiene habits, share healthy recipes, and offer referrals to health specialists.
Library nurses can also be lifesavers if an emergency happens, like a patron suffers a heart attack.
The convenience of having an in-house nurse isn’t cheap. It costs roughly $60-thousand dollars a year.
But library officials say that it’s worth it, because nurses end up diffusing a lot of health issues patrons have before they spiral out of control. For example, if a diabetic patron needs an insulin shot on the spot, they can administer it. But if a nurse wasn’t there to help – the person could go into shock and potentially die.
And statistics show that library nurses are already making a powerful impact. After one Arizona library hired a nurse, 911 calls from the library dropped 60-percent in one year!