The American Nurse Project includes four feature length documentaries,
an award winning book and an ongoing series of interviews,
all focused on raising the volume of the nurse’s voice in this country



THE AMERICAN NURSE aims to elevate the voice of nurses in this country by capturing their personal stories through photography and film. In early 2012, photographer Carolyn Jones and her team began a journey across the United States, recording the unique experiences of nurses at work. The photographs and narratives aim to inspire audiences to think about nurses in a way that they may never have before, with a newfound appreciation for this indispensable figure on the front lines of health and healthcare today: the American nurse.


We are the creative team behind The American Nurse, an award-winning and critically acclaimed book, website and feature documentary that has reached over 100 million people; Defining Hope, a documentary viewed by millions on PBS stations nationwide; and In Case of Emergency, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the United Nations Association Film Festival. The projects have been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, on PBS NewsHour and Katie Couric’s show KATIE, and among their many accolades, were selected as part of the American Film Showcase, a cultural diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State. Carolyn Jones’ TED Talk on nurses has been viewed more than 1.5million times.


Carolyn Jones, Director

Lisa Frank, Producer