Historical Nurses

By jfarris
  • Clara Barton

    Clara Barton
    1821-1912- She is mainly known for her care of soldiers during the civil war of America(1861). She is remembered as the founder of the American Red Cross.
  • Mary Ann Bickerdyke

    Mary Ann Bickerdyke
    1817-1901- She was also know as Mother Bickerdyke. She was best known as a Civil War nurse where she helped union soldiers as an administrator.
  • Annie Goodrich

    Annie Goodrich
    1866-1954- She saw the nursing and medical professions as equals, each with its own unique body of knowledge. She also sought to introduce nursing to the universtity and pioneered the inclusion of preventive medicine and community nursing courses in the curriculum.
  • Dorothea Dix

    Dorothea Dix
    1802-1887- She was a social reformer for the treatment of the mentally ill. She traveled all over the United States and Europe inspecting institutions for mistreatment of patients. The changes she made are still being felt today by mental patients
  • Dorothea Orem

    Dorothea Orem
    -1914-2007-She is one of America’s foremost nursing theorists. She is mainly known for her concepts of nursing practice.
  • Hildegard Peplau

    Hildegard Peplau
    1909-1999-She was an interpersonal relations nursing theorist. Peplau was a revolutionary pioneer in the field of modern psychiatric nursing. Her fifty-year nursing career involved prestigious positions and theory development.
  • Ida V. Moffett

    Ida V. Moffett
    1905-1996- She was a nurse for seventy years of her life. She dedicated her life to providing quality care and creating standardized nursing education. She also became the first woman involved in achieving school accreditation in forming university level degree programs.
  • Isabel Hampton Robb

    Isabel Hampton Robb
    1860-1910-She was one of the founders of modern American nursing theory and one of the most important leaders in the history of nursing. One of her most notable contributions to the system of nursing education was the implementation of a grading policy for nursing students.
  • Jean Watson

    Jean Watson
    She is a distinguished professor of nursing. She is the founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
  • Lavinia Dock

    Lavinia Dock
    1858-1956-She was a social reformer to nursing. She strove to improve nursing through her teachings, lecturing , and writing. She played a major role as a contributing editor to the American Journal of Nursing.
  • Lillian Wald

    Lillian Wald
    1867-1940-She is the founder of American community nursing. She was a social worker, public health official, teacher, author, editor, publisher, women’s rights activist, as well as a nurse. Her unselfish devotion to humanity is recognized around the world and her visionary programs have been widely copied everywhere.
  • Lillian Holland Harvey

    Lillian Holland Harvey
    1912-1994-She was a director of nursing. She really believe in furthering of one’s education. She used her expertise and talents to work in and through professional organizations to advance the cause of black nurses and the nursing profession.
  • Linda Richards

    Linda Richards
    1841-1930- She is the first professionally trained nurse. She is credited with establishing nurse training programs in various parts of the United States and Japan. She is also recognized for creating the first system for keeping individual medical records for hospitalized patients.
  • Madeleine Leininger

    Madeleine Leininger
    She is the foundress of the worldwide Transcultural Nursing Movement. She remains as one of nursing’s most prolific writers and the foremost authority throughout the world in the field of cultural care.
  • Margaret Sanger

    Margaret Sanger
    1879-1966- She was an American Birth Control activist and the founder of the American Birth Control League. She was also among the early inflential contributors to relationship counseling in the U.S.
  • Martha Rogers

    Martha Rogers
    1914-1994- She was a researcher, theorist, and author as well as an American nurse. She is best known for developing the Science of Unitary Human Beings and her landmark book, An Introduction to the Theoretical Basis of Nursing.
  • Mary Adelaide Nutting

    Mary Adelaide Nutting
    1858-1948- She is remembered for her influential role in raising the quality of higher education in nursing, hospital administration, and related fields. She also helped make changes in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.
  • Mary Breckinridge

    Mary Breckinridge
    1881-1965- She was the founder of the Frontier Nursing Service. She also started family care centers in the Applachian Mountains. Breckinridge is known for helping many people with her hospitals.
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney

    Mary Eliza Mahoney
    1845-1926- She was the first black to study and work as a professionally trained nurse in the United States. She also co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses.
  • Virginia Henderson

    Virginia Henderson
    1897-1996- She was a researcher, theorist, and author. She is famous for her definition of nursing. Henderson’s works has touched the lives of thousands of nurses.