“The American Nurse” Documentary, Q&A Session Available for Viewing Throughout May

Rivertown Film, Rockland County’s only arts nonprofit dedicated to motion pictures, has joined with Rockland County and United Hospice to support healthcare workers during National Nurses Week, and the entire month of May.

“The American Nurse,” an insightful documentary on the unique experiences of nurses across the country, has been made available for free streaming since May 3rd as a way to increase awareness on the special role that nurses play every day.

The film explores some of the biggest issues facing America – aging, war, poverty, prisons – through the work and lives of five nurses. The narrative involves the director’s journey in 2012 to record nursing stories with the hopes of inspiring audiences to think about nurses in a new way, with a newfound appreciation for their indispensable contributions to the front lines of health and healthcare.

It is a documentary that has the power to change how we think about nurses and wrestle with the challenges of healing America. These challenges have only become greater due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A link to the documentary is at www.rivertownfilm.org, and will be viewable throughout the month. In addition, as part of the Artists from the Archives online series, Rivertown Films is making available a 23-minute lively interview and Q&A session featuring director Carolyn Jones, producer Lisa Frank, and others including United Hospice nurse Danielle Byrnes. The Q&A was moderated by Judi Peacock, Director of Clinical Services for United Hospice and Administrator of the Joe Raso Hospice Residence.

The stories of nurses in America resonate strong in these challenging times. Join us in sharing these stories as one way to bring attention to the important role nursing plays in life, every day.