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12 Nurses Who Changed History

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Clara Barton
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1. Christiane Reimann

Christiane Reimann was recognized for her many contributions to the nursing field, one of which was becoming the first full-time executive secretary to the International Council of Nurses. While she retired in 1934 to manage a farm, she continued to get recognized and even had an award listed in her name.

2. Clara Barton

Clara Barton was no ordinary nurse. She was known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” during the Civil War and assigned special duties by President Lincoln. But one of her greatest triumphs was helping the International Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian War, which led to her organizing what we know today as the American Red Cross.

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