Historical Nurses

By jurban
  • Dorothea Dix

    Dorothea Dix
    Dorothea Lynde Dix was a woman who accomplished much in her life. She was a teacher and then a social reformer for the treatment of the mentally ill. In her life her goals were not defined, she simply did whatever would best help people.
  • Mary Ann Bickerdyke

    Mary Ann Bickerdyke
    She was also known as Mother Bickerdyke, was a hospital administrator for Union soldiers during the American Civil War. Helped build 300 hospitals during Civil War.
  • Linda Richards

    Linda Richards
    America's first professionally trained nurse. In 1874 Linda was ready to take over the floundering Boston Training School. Her administrative experience helped it became one of the best nurse training programs in the country.
  • Clara Barton

    Clara Barton
    After the war, she became a popular and widely respected lecturer. In 1881 she established the American Red Cross, and served as its director until her death.
  • Lillian Wald

    Lillian Wald
    Visiting nurse service in the lower East side of New York. Today, the Henry Street Settlement and the Visiting Nurse Service are institutions in New York City.
  • Isabel Hampton Robb

    Isabel Hampton Robb
    She was one of the founders of modern American nursing theory and one of the most important leaders in the history of nursing. In 1894 she wrote a Nursing Ethics book.
  • Lavinia Dock

    Lavinia Dock
    She became aware of the problems students faced in studying drugs and solutions. As a result, she wrote Materia Medica for Nurses, one of the first nursing textbooks. In addition to serving as foreign editor of the American Journal of Nursing, she wrote Hygiene and Morality and in 1907, co-authored with Adelaide Nutting the first two volumes of the four-volume History of Nursing. Volumes III and IV were completed by Dock alone in 1912.
  • Mary Adelaide Nutting

    Mary Adelaide Nutting
    Honored for her outstanding contributions to nursing and nursing education, Mary Adelaide Nutting was a noted educator, historian, and scholar. 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.
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney

    Mary Eliza Mahoney
    Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African-American registered nurse in the U.S.A. In 1908 she was cofounder of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses (NACGN)
  • Annie Goodrich

    Annie Goodrich
    Goodrich was a graduate of the New York Hospital Training School for Nurses, served as president of the American Nurses Association from 1915 to 1918. During her career, Goodrich was also president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Nursing,
  • Margaret Sanger

    Margaret Sanger
    She opened the first birth control clinic in the United States opens for business in New York City . She had it opened nine days before the police come and arrested her.
  • Ida V. Moffett

    Ida V. Moffett
    A pioneer in setting standards for healthcare, she became the first woman involved in achieving school accreditation, in forming university- level degree programs for nursing, in closing substandard nursing schools, in organizing hospital peer groups, in licensing practical nursing, and in starting junior college-level degree programs for nurses. Half way through her career, the Baptist Hospital nursing school was named The Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in recognition of her contributions to
  • Mary Breckinridge

    Mary Breckinridge
    Mary Breckinridge introduced a model rural health care system into the United States in 1925. To provide professional services to neglected people of a thousand square mile area in southeastern Kentucky, she created a decentralized system of nurse-midwives, district nursing centers, and hospital facilities.
  • Hildegard Peplau

    Hildegard Peplau
    Known as the "Mother of psychiatric nursing," In 1996, the American Academy of Nursing honored Peplau as a "Living Legend," She made a big impact on the mentally ill patients lives.At Rutgers University, Peplau created the first graduate level program for the preparation of clinical specialists in psychiatric nursing.
  • Dorothea Orem

    Dorothea Orem
    In 1959 she published "Guides for Developing Curricula for the Education of Practical Nurses." The basic idea of the model is that individuals can take responsibility for their health and the health of others. In a general sense, individuals have the capacity to care for themselves or their dependents.
  • Madeleine Leininger

    Madeleine Leininger
    She is a pioneering nursing theorist, first published in 1961. Her contributions to nursing theory involve the discussion of what it is to care. Most notably, she developed the concept of transcultural nursing, bringing the role of cultural factors in nursing practice into the discussion of how to best attend to those in need of nursing care.
  • Virginia Henderson

    Virginia Henderson
    Development and needs. Virginia Henderson has been described as the first lady of nursing. An accomplished author, avid researcher and a visionary, she is considered by many to be the most important nursing figure in the 20th century. The International Council of Nurses acknowledged that she belonged to the world in June 1985 when she was presented with the first Christianne Reimann Prize, recognizing that her span of influence knew no national boundaries. 1966-The Nature of Nursing. A definitio
  • Lillian Holland Harvey

    Lillian Holland Harvey
    Gave the "Continuing the Vision Address."Dr. Lillian Harvey was Dean of the Tuskegee (Institute) University School of Nursing for almost three decades. Under her leadership and untiring efforts, the School of Nursing at Tuskegee became the first to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in the state of Alabama
  • Jean Watson

    Jean Watson
    1979 Theory of Human Caring book. She created her international nonprofit Watson Caring Science Institute in 2007 with the mission to restore the profound nature of caring-healing and support the current health care system to nurture and retain its most precious resource, competent, caring professional nurses.
  • Martha Rogers

    Martha Rogers
    She was an American nurse, researcher, theorist, and author. Rogers is best known for developing the Science of Unitary Human Beings and her landmark book