History of Nurses

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  • Dorothea Dix

    Dorothea Dix
    A noted social reformer, Dix became the Union's Superintendent of Female Nurses during the Civil War. The soft spoken yet autocratic crusader had spent more than 20 years working for improved treatment of mentally ill patients and for better prison conditions
  • Clara Barton

    Clara Barton
    was a pioneer American teacher, nurse, and humanitarian. She has been described as having a "strong and independent spirit" and is best remembered for organizing the American Red Cross
  • Linda Richards

    Linda Richards
    The first professionally trained American nurse, Linda Richards is credited with establishing nurse training programs in various parts of the United States and in Japan. She also is recognized for creating the first system for keeping individual medical records for hospitalized patients.
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney

    Mary Eliza Mahoney
    First Black Nurse in US
    Mary Eliza Mahoney has been an inspiration to thousands of men and women of color who are part of the nursing profession
  • Mary Ann Bickerdyke

    Mary Ann Bickerdyke
    also known as Mother Bickerdyke, was a hospital administrator for Union soldiers during the American Civil War.
    She received a special pension from Congress
  • Lavinia Dock

    Lavinia Dock
    After serving as a visiting nurse among the poor, Lavinia Dock compiled the first, and long most important, manual of drugs for nurses, Materia Medica for Nurses (1890). She played a major role as a contributing editor to the American Journal of Nursing and she linked American nurses' goals to similar efforts in England.
  • Lillian Wald

    Lillian Wald
    The need of the immigrants living there was so great and the medical care available to them so slight that Wald abandoned her career and with another student took up residence on the East Side in 1893. Their tenement flat was the place from which both the Henry Street Settlement and the New York public health nursing service grew.
  • Isabel Hampton Robb

    Isabel Hampton Robb
    n 1896, Isabel Adams Hampton Robb (1860-1910), who served as president of both the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses, which eventually became the National League for Nursing, and the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada, which became the American Nurses Association.She abolished the practice of having student nurses do private duty nursing, broadened the curriculum and established affiliations with other hospitals.
  • Mary Adelaide Nutting

    Mary Adelaide Nutting
    In 1907, she joined the faculty of Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City and became the world's first professor of nursing with outstanding contributions to nursing and nursing education. Nutting headed the Department of Nursing and Health at the college from 1910 until she retired in 1925.
  • Annie Goodrich

    Annie Goodrich
    Goodrich, a graduate of the New York Hospital Training School for Nurses, served as president of the American Nurses Association from 1915 to 1918. In 1924 became dean of, the first nursing program at Yale University, and was responsible for developing the program into the Yale Graduate School of Nursing ten years later.
  • Margaret Sanger

    Margaret Sanger
    In 1916 (1917 according to some sources), Sanger set up the first birth control clinic in the United States, and the following year, she was sent to the workhouse for "creating a public nuisance." Her many arrests and prosecutions, and the resulting outcries, helped lead to changes in laws giving doctors the right to give birth control advice (and later, birth control devices) to patients.
  • Mary Breckinridge

    Mary Breckinridge
    introduced a model rural health care system into the United States
    he created a decentralized system of nurse-midwives, district nursing centers, and hospital facilities.
  • Ida V. Moffett

    Ida V. Moffett
    Ida Vines Moffett was one of the most beloved and influential Alabamians in the health profession. As a nurse for more than 70 years, she was a gifted healer whose touch could transform a patient’s health. She spent most of that time at the executive level of the Baptist Hospital system based in Birmingham
  • Lillian Holland Harvey

    Lillian Holland Harvey
    Director of Nursing Service at John A. Andrew Hospital from 1944 to 1948, Dean of the school of Nursing, Tuskegee Institute (University) from 1948 until 1973.
    In 1948 the first baccalaureate of nursing program in the state of Alabama, was started under her leadership. This is a testimonial to the courage and foresight of this nursing leader.
  • Hildegard Peplau

    Hildegard Peplau
    known as the "mother of psychiatric nursing," died at the age of 89 on March 17, 1999. The only nurse to serve the ANA as executive director and later as president, she served two terms on the Board of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
  • Virginia A. Henderson

    Virginia A. Henderson
    Henderson through her efforts as an author, researcher, scholar, consultant, and beloved teacher has touched the minds and hearts of thousands of nurses. In reading her writings, in listening to her speak, one is impressed with the clarity of her vision, prose, and insight into the nature of nursing's relations to patients
  • Dorothea Orem

    Dorothea Orem
    was a nursing theorist and founder of the Orem model of nursing, or Self Care Deficit Nursing Theory
    1958-1960 U.S Department of Health, Education and Welfare where she help publish “Guidelines for Developing Curricula for the Education of Practical Nurses” in 1959
  • Martha , Rogers

    Martha , Rogers
    Rogers officially retired as Professor and Head of the Division of Nursing in 1975 after 21 years of service. In 1979 she became Professor Emeritus and continued to have an active role in the development of nursing and the SUHB up until the time of her death on March 13, 1994.
  • Madeleine Leininger

    Madeleine Leininger
    Dr. Leininger established the first Caring Research Conference . She developed the theory of Culture Care with the ethnonursing method.
  • Jean Watson

    Jean Watson
    Dr. Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor of Nursing and holds an endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and the International Caritas Consortium, a network of systems using caring theory to transform practitioners and systems