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10 Most Influential Female Nurses of All Time

10 Most Influential Female Nurses of All Time

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July 29, 2008

Nurses impact lives every day. But once in a while, a nurse comes along who touches the lives of the world, and not just her patients. These women went above and beyond for the field of nursing. They served in wars, broke down racial barriers, and campaigned for women’s rights. They have become role models for women everywhere, not just nurses. However, nurses can be especially proud to share a title with these 10 ladies.



9. Linda Richards

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Linda Richards

After receiving little training during her first attempt to become a nurse, Linda Richards enrolled as the first student in the first American Nurse’s training school. After graduating, she began work at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Recognizing the disorganization of keeping records, Richards developed a system to track individual records of each patient. The US and UK both readily adopted Richard’s system.

In 1874, Richards became the superintendent of the Boston Training School for Nurses and virtually turned the fledgling school around. Richards also traveled to England and was taught by Florence Nightingale. In her later years, Richards established the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools and led the Philadelphia Visiting Nurses Society. In 1994, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.


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    almost 5 years ago

    As the pioneer and the beacon for nurses and nursing. Lets honor and celebrate her contrbutions. Thanks Florence for giving nurses our first voice and recognition.

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    almost 5 years ago

    Let's continue to honor and credit the contributions of African American nurses.

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    almost 5 years ago

    And I must add all the nurses that make it their mission to devote their lives to the caring of others. Let's celebrate together.

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    over 5 years ago

    Go Florence! (well, she's the only one I'm familiar with)

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    harpgal1

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Sanger?? Don't disgrace those of us who feel life is a gift from God by putting her on this list. She was the start of what is today a multimillion dollar industry-abortion of human life. If I remember my Florence Nightingale pledge, as well as the Hippocratic oath of MD's, we are to nurture, aid, protect and first--DO NO HARM.

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    BlueGrassNurse

    over 5 years ago

    14 comments

    what about the guys? haha just kidding.
    Lets hear it for these wonderful women!

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    Owati

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    I love Florence Nightingale.

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    Owati

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    I love Florence Nightingale.

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    lpn38555

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree with Humhoney2006 - Sanger doesn't belong on this list. Where are the ethics in killing and misinformation? She is right up there with Hitler.

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    Jazzy_Future_Nurse

    over 5 years ago

    342 comments

    My favorite is Mary Eliza Mahoney. She is a very inspirational person.

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    aspiringnurse

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Very inspiring role models. I am glad they have been recognized for their contribution to society and the world at large.

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    savittieri

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    I knew what I wanted to be at the age of 10 and I would frequently tell my Mom that I was going to be a nurse when I grew up love nursing and I have been practing for 32 years and I woud not trade those 32 years for anything.

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    erincas

    over 5 years ago

    46 comments

    All deserve their spot in history but to me Florence Nightingale is the one I look up to the most :-)

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    YogaNurse

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I also vote for Jean Watson, please, the Queen of Caring.

    www.yoganurse.com

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    Humhoney2006

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    Sanger is the only one who doesn't belong on this list. Although there was good that came from her work with birthcontrol, the negative side is the millions of aborted unborn children. On a scale, one cancels out the other.

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