Nursing teachers are taking a huge hit as the cost of tuition and fees continue to soar and the number of nurses they employ is on the decline.
Many nurses have had to resort to donating their wages to charities or other means of support to help cover the cost.
But the trend toward gifts for nurses in recent years has caught many off guard.
The practice is a popular gift tradition among nurses who want to support their communities, said Nancy Tompkins, the CEO of the Nurses United, a nurses union that has advocated for nurse salaries for decades.
Many hospitals offer gift cards for students or their families, and the nurses union has been pushing to have the gift card system eliminated, Tompks said.
The practice of giving nurses a gift has been on the rise for decades, according to statistics compiled by the American Nurses Association, which represents nurses.
The numbers show the percentage of nurses who donate to their local hospitals has increased since 2000, when they were still less than 5 percent.
In 2000, about 3 percent of nurses gave to hospitals and health departments.
In 2015, it was 2.4 percent, according a Kaiser Family Foundation report.
“It’s a very strong trend that’s been going on,” Tompokes said.
“It’s been a lot of nurses, in particular nurses who are very supportive of their local communities, but also the nurses themselves.”
Since 2000, nurses have given more than $1 billion in gift cards to their hospitals, according the Kaiser report.
In 2014, that number jumped to $1.1 billion, and in 2013, it reached $1 trillion.
The trend toward giving gifts for nursing teachers is being seen in a number of communities across the country, Tompson said.
In the city of Cincinnati, a new initiative called The Nurse Fund will be designed to encourage nurses to give back, offering gifts to students, nurses and their families.
More than 40 percent of all nurses in Cincinnati gave gifts to the city, according its website.
Cincinnati’s program is a partnership with the American Red Cross, the Cincinnati Firefighters Association and the Cincinnati Nurses Organization.
The city has also been working to eliminate the nurse retirement system, which allows nurses to retire on their own and not need to go through a retirement fund.
Last year, Cincinnati eliminated the retirement system entirely.
The nurses union and others are urging the city to follow suit and replace it with a similar program that gives nurses the option to retire through a 401(k)-style plan.
Nurses who don’t want to have to work part-time for health care and choose to volunteer are also giving back.
Some of the gifts are coming in the form of food and drinks for nursing students, said Donna Lea, a nurse at a nursing school in the Bronx.
Most of the nursing students who participate in The Nurse Funds program get the gift cards from their local health care system.
Many of the students who attend nursing school are in the middle of their nursing careers, and have to find jobs to support themselves.
They also have to pay taxes and pay their school fees.
“I do feel a little bit bad for them because they’re not making enough money,” said Julie Zielinski, a nursing student in New York.
“But it’s also really nice to be able to give them a little extra.”
Nursing schools have historically been seen as places where nurses are most likely to be supported financially.
In recent years, they have also come under fire for their treatment of students who are undocumented, and students who have died.
The New York City Health Department recently closed its nurse retirement program, citing safety concerns about student safety.
A recent survey of nursing schools by the New York Times found that 80 percent of schools are not fully supporting their students, and only 15 percent were offering an internship program.
The trend toward nurses giving gifts to their students is also not exclusive to nursing schools.
In some cases, the trend has been driven by a desire to help their communities.
In 2016, New York State’s largest city, which includes many nursing schools, launched a $1 million program to give out $100,000 in gift certificates for nurses to their residents.
At the end of last year, New Jersey passed a law to provide $1,000 gifts to nursing students every year.
The goal is to create a gift program that would provide scholarships for students in nursing programs across the state.
One of the nurses who participated in the program said she was grateful to be receiving a gift.
“We need to be more of a community,” said Stephanie Miller, a first-year nursing student at a rural nursing school near Trenton, New Jersy.
“I feel like the nurses have always supported me.
For a nurse, it’s really hard to get a good salary, and you have to take