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Honoring Civil War Nurses

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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.

Want to learn more about these amazing women and their impact on nursing? We’ve rounded up a list of the best books, websites and museums.

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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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