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Sunday, March 8, 2015

10 Prominent Women in Nursing

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10 Prominent Women in Nursing

In honor of today being International Woman's Day, let's take a look back at 10 important female figures that have shaped the field of nursing into what it is today.

  1. Florence Nightingale (1820-1919)- Obviously, she's going to rank as number 1. She dedicated herself to tending to the soldiers of the Crimean War. Often known as "The Lady With the Lamp" as she would carry her lamp to check on the patients in the middle of the night. She gave up her aristocratic life to become a nurse. Her book Notes on Nursing served as a guide to those in nursing school. International Nurses Day is celebrated on her birthday (May 12th). And I've named my blog after her.
  2. Clara Barton (1821-1912)- Was the founder of the Red Cross because she carried supplies across the battlefield during the civil war.
  3. Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845-1926)- Was the first African-American registered nurse. She co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, which is now the American Nurses Association.
  4. Mary Breckinridge (1881-1965)- She provided a new model for rural health care. (Something near to my heart as my roots go back to a little itty bitty farm.) She founded family care centers and worked as a midwife.
  5. Edith Cavell (1865-1915)- During the first world war, she was known to help everyone no matter what side they were fighting under. She was Belgium. She was executed for helping allied soldiers escape Occupied Belgium.
  6. Hazel W. Johnson-Brown (1927- 2011)- The first African-American General in the Army, and was also a nurse. She served as chief of the Army Nurse Corps and Dean of the Walter Reed Army Institute School of Nursing.
  7. Dorothea Dix (1802-1887)- Was a driving force behind mental health, creating asylums in the US. She also served in the Civil War.
  8. Martha Ballard (1734-1812)- Acted as a midwife and kept meticulous notes on midwifery. She was also Great-Aunt to Clara Barton.
  9. Virginia Avenel Henderson (1897-1996)- Known for her extensive development of nursing theory. She is often referred to as "The First Lady of Nursing." She graduated from the Army School of Nursing.
  10. "Hot-Lips" Houlihan (1972-1983)- Who didn't love watching her on MASH? Houlihan's character was a nurse serving in the Korean War.

Who are some nurses that you look up to for inspiration? Did any of these ladies inspire you to become a nurse? Leave a comment below!!



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