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Virtual Cinema: The American Nurse (2014)

THE AMERICAN NURSE is a heart-warming film that explores some of the biggest issues facing America - aging, war, poverty, prisons - through the work and lives of nurses. It is an examination of real people that will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America.
(NR, 81 min.)

One of the things we love about film is its power to illuminate other people's realities. While none of us today is unaware of the importance of our health care professionals, this documentary on five American nurses allows us to appreciate these caregivers at another level. Bonus: the distributor is allowing everyone to stream this 2014 doc for free.

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Summary:
THE AMERICAN NURSE is a heart-warming film that explores some of the biggest issues facing America - aging, war, poverty, prisons - through the work and lives of nurses. It is an examination of real people that will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America. THE AMERICAN NURSE is an important contribution to America's ongoing conversation about what it means to care. The film follows the paths of five nurses in various practice specialties including Jason Short as he drives up a rugged creek to reach a home-bound cancer patient in Appalachia. Tonia Faust, who runs a prison hospice program where inmates serving life sentences care for their fellow inmates as they're dying. Naomi Cross, as she coaches an ovarian cancer survivor through the Caesarean delivery of her son. Sister Stephen, a nun who runs a nursing home filled with goats, sheep, llamas and chickens, where the entire nursing staff comes together to sing for a dying resident. And Brian McMillion, an Army veteran and former medic, rehabilitating wounded soldiers returning from war.

Director: Carolyn Jones
Genre(s): Documentary, Biography, News

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"A compassionate and psychologically revealing doc."

— John DeForeMay, The Hollywood Reporter

"A solid, worthwhile documentary...Elegantly cleareyed."

— The New York Times

"Intellectually and emotionally engaging. This is one of the best films you'll see this year, documentary or otherwise."

— Aisle Seat

"Carolyn Jones's portrait of five medical caregivers walks us through day-in, day-out sacrifices without ever coming off as sentimental or aggrandizing."

— Heather Baysa, Village Voice