The American Nurse

The American Nurse

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  • Carolyn Jones


  • Carolyn Jones

The American Nurse is a heart-warming film that explores some of the biggest issues facing America through the work and lives of nurses.

This documentary explores some of the biggest issues facing America—aging, war, poverty, prisons—through the work and lives of five nurses: Jason Short, who works with housebound patients in Appalachia; Tonia Faust, whose prison hospice program allows inmates serving life sentences to care for their fellow inmates; Naomi Cross, who coaches an ovarian cancer survivor through the Caesarean delivery of her son; Sister Stephen, who runs a nursing home where the entire staff comes together to sing for dying residents; and Army veteran Brian McMillion, who rehabilitates wounded soldiers returning from war.

Past Programs


All About Nurses

California Film Institute, San Rafael, CA