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Honoring Civil War Nurses

Jennifer Fink | NursingLink

Honoring Civil War Nurses
The Civil War began 150 years ago this year. It was a bloody battle that forever altered the course of our nation. It also forever altered the profession of nursing. Prior to the Civil War, the prevailing ethos was that women belonged at home – and far from the battlefield. But nurses like Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix worked on and near battlefields; they also tirelessly advocated for patients and organized quality healthcare services. Few of the approximately 4000 women who served in the volunteer nurse corps received any recognition post-war; yet these women are truly our professional ancestors.

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Featured Author: Jennifer L.W. Fink, RN, BSN

Jennifer L.W. Fink, RN, BSN, is a Registered Nurse who has been writing professionally for over 10 years. As a med-surg and transplant nurse, she worked hard to develop a rapport with her patients, to teach them according to their needs and to provide them with information and options. Today, she uses those same skills in her writing career. She is very interested in professional issues in nursing. Follow Jennifer on Facebook and Twitter.




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    It didn't honor or support the confederacy but nursing on both sides and the bravery and precedent of what that means to us today. This is not a north vs south issue. It's nursing history, like it or not. Just like several things in our country's past (and dare I say present), there are shameful things there but it does not mean that some wonderful things can happen at the same time. There is no need to belittle your own profession's history here and certainly not to belittle the southern or northern women who decided that PEOPLE deserved care and compassion on the battlefields. I don't know about you but I am thankful for those on both sides who started ensuring more soliders survived and with better qualities of life. I know our military appreciates it then and NOW. Please learn to pay attention to the topic at hand instead of making everything an argument and causing dishonor to those who paved the way for how our soliders of today are cared for and how your career has been shaped.

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    skycannon

    over 3 years ago

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    The War Between the States was not about slavery so much as it was about States rights. Only about 6% of the population of the South owned slaves, and many Northerners owned slaves. So for you to be offended about the Confederacy because you are black, does not hold water. It was brother against brother, against the injustices of the northern states against the southern states in trade. I have been in the health care industry for 30+ years also, and I honor all those who have helped to improve our profession North and South, black and white. I don't think Clara Barton or Dorothea Dix cared if their patients were black or white or yankees or rebels, they tended to them in their time of need....as our profession is known to do.

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    ritawilliams

    over 3 years ago

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    As a RN of over 30 years, and as a BLACK WOMAN I did not appreciate honoring ANYTHING supporting the CONFEDERACY for obvious reasons.

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