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Some of the Most Inspired Nurses in History...

Created Jun 06 2016, 08:00 PM by Lippincott Solutions
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
  • Florence Nightingale - Perhaps the most famous nurse in history, Florence Nightingale is known for her efforts to reform the British military health system. Born to a patrician family, her mother was distressed when Nightingale forsook her aristocratic duties to become a nurse. Nightingale traveled to a number of countries and rejected an offer of marriage as she did not want anything to interfere with what she believed was a God-given calling as a nurse.
  • Walt Whitman - Few people realize that the famous poet was also a volunteer nurse. Whitman worked as a nurse at Army hospitals set up during the Civil War.
  • Mary Todd Lincoln - The wife of President Abraham Lincoln was a well-educated young woman from Lexington, KY, worked tirelessly as a nurse during the Civil War, tending to wounded soldiers.
  • Clara Barton - known as America's "Angel of the Battlefield,” worked tirelessly during the Civil War and was deeply affected by the lack of medical supplies available to the wounded soldiers. Taking action, Barton took supplies to the battlefield, nursing the wounded where they lay. Barton also founded the American Red Cross in 1881.
  • Margaret Sanger - Best known as an activist for birth control and family planning, Sanger pioneered the women’s health movement distributing pamphlets with information on birth control and other topics such as menstruation and sexuality. In 1921, Sanger founded the American Birth Control League which became Planned Parenthood.
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney - The first African-American woman to become a registered nurse, Mahoney was one of four to graduate from the New England Hospital for Women and Children's nursing program in 1879. Her success allowed more African-American students into nursing schools throughout the nation, and she co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses in 1908.
  • Linda Richards - developed the record-keeping that the U.S. and U.K. still use in nursing today after finding herself stunned by the disorganized records she found at her first nursing job.
  • Dorothea Dix - spent 40 years of her life lobbying for mental health care. In 1861, Dix became the superintendent of female nurses for the Union Army and oversaw a staff of 6,000 hospital nurses and founded 32 mental health institutions to facilitate the nation's growing need for better mental health care.

…found their calling by helping people from all walks of life. What inspires you? 

We understand it can sometimes seem like a thankless job, but then something happens to remind you why you became a nurse. Or maybe you’ve been inspired by another nurse, clinician, friend, colleague, mentor or teacher who’s made a difference in your life and in the practice of nursing.

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