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12 Nurses Who Changed History


Dorothea Dix
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3. Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix had a tough beginning, being victimized early in life by her alcoholic family and abusive father. After fleeing the home at the age of 12, she taught poor and neglected children, dedicated her time to social welfare in England, founded the first public mental hospital in America and became the Superintendent of Union Army Nurses.

4. Mary Breckinridge

Mary Breckinridge is recognized for being the first to found family care centers and develop a new model of rural healthcare. She first founded the Frontier Nursing Service then spread her centers around the United States to help others in scarce areas get medical care.

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