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Meet Nurses Who Made a Difference by Idowu Olabode : April 23, 2016, 07:17:47 PM
We tend to forget how much nurses do for people and the medical system. They are often overlooked, underpaid, and seemingly receive no recognition compared to doctors. Nurses work in the community, involved in research, policy, and can be active in advocacy. There are over two million registered nurses in America alone. We don’t know how long before Florence Nightingale, nurses where on the scene, but this is where traditional nursing began. She became the leader in the field on how to treat patients, make sure that things were sterile, and changed the way people viewed health care. Years ago, people took care of people at home, not is hospitals, nurses like Nightingale influenced the medical field, and made it what it is today. She was not the only one, of course. Even horse rider "Calamity Jane" worked as a nurse in the West!

Mary Ezra Mahoney


Mary Ezra Mahoney became the first African American work as a nurse in the U.S. after graduating in 1879. She began working as a nurse at 20, but also had to do custodial work to supplement her low income. She later would work privately due to the lack of opportunities and income. Mahoney was a pioneer to open up doors for other African Americans going into the medical field. She was honored for her bravery, compassion for others, and being a pioneer in her field.

Mary Breckinridge


Mary Breckinridge founded the Frontier Nursing Service in 1925 that brought prenatal and postnatal care to the Appalachian Mountains. Women would go on horseback to deliver supplies to take care of mothers who couldn’t pay. Her work cut the death rates for maternal and neonatal deaths. Her work served as rural health model for health care in the U.S. with the use of nurse midwives for people without access to healthcare.

Helen Fairchild

Helen Fairchild was an American nurse during WWI, and served on the American Expeditionary Force. She wrote vivid combat letters on the suffering and the conditions nurses and soldiers endured for freedom. She was also fearless and volunteered to go on the front lines, something that was unheard of a woman to do, and was given a military funeral, as she died from an infection.

Clara Barton

Clara Barton was the founder of the Red Cross. She started as a teacher in her career, but became distraught that during the Civil War there were limited supplies to aid the injured soldiers. She would go to the battlefield and care for the wounded herself, since they had nothing. Her work led to increased humanitarian aid. “This conflict is one thing I've been waiting for. I'm well and strong and young - young enough to go to the front. If I can't be a soldier, I'll help soldiers.”

Lady with the Lamp


Florence Nightingale was a social reformer and pioneer of what modern nursing is today. She worked during the Crimean War. The conditions were horrific, and Nightingale recruited other women to tend to the soldiers. Her group bright clean food, comfort, and worked on sanitary conditions that cut down on mortality of British soldiers. This would help set up training for other nurses that would lead to formal training at St. Thomas’ Hospital in England. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” SHe was called "Lady with the Lamp" by the sick.

Christiane Reimann


Christiane Reimann was a pioneer and the Executive Secretary of the International Council of Nurses (1922-1934) which was founded in 1899 to advance healthy policy globally. Reimann came from money and was upper middle class. Her family disowned her as it was believed that a lady doesn’t work as a nurse. When I decided to become a nurse, my parents were distraught; my uncle would not even shake hands with me,” A nurse is not a lady.” She became an advocate of nurses by spending her own money to fund research, and a leader in Demark.


Let’s remember those who are nurses, and what they have done for the medical field and lives of others with bravery. “I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them,” said Clara Barton.

Source : Beleifnet

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