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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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    wiyuna

    almost 6 years ago

    126 comments

    i like florence nightingale ^^

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    Christina1973

    almost 6 years ago

    74 comments

    Fascinating, and debatable, collection of influential nurses. I really enjoyed reading it!

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    Account Removed

    almost 7 years ago

    I feel that Louisa May Alcott belongs on this list. She served as a nurse in the Civil War and helped change the way society viewed women. Until then, women were not considered intelligent enough or emotionally mature enough to withstand the trauma of treating combat wounded soldiers.
    Also, glad to see Mabel Keaton Staupers included, but there have been many many others, nameless and faceless that have helped to pave the way. I love ALL my sisters and am glad to see them recognized and appeciated!

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    ccioffi

    about 6 years ago

    22 comments

    Orem?

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    Kimmie_T

    about 6 years ago

    66 comments

    This is great!! I hardly ever hear or learn about nurses of color. I am so proud to learn about Mabel Keaton Staupers. Please post more articles, such as these.

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    nursejendoll

    about 6 years ago

    20 comments

    I plan to be one on the list.

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    Ns_Eva

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    Thanks to them

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    jumoke

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    hey wonderful i pray my name should be there soonest

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    pezzy

    over 6 years ago

    388 comments

    Hey, why am i not on the list??

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    mashell4

    over 6 years ago

    1066 comments

    this is a very good article representing the most influential nurses. I knew about the majority of them but some I didnt. thanks

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    teamrn

    over 6 years ago

    52 comments

    Although I don't believe a nurse, Susanne Gordon has written many books that further the cause of nursing into where it should be in the 21st century and advocates for nurses, especially "From Silence to Voice."

    TeamRN

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    Business2CNA2RN

    over 6 years ago

    40 comments

    Hey? Why isnt Vicki Milazzo on here? lol

    http://www.legalnurse.com/aboutus/aboutus_01.html

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    Business2CNA2RN

    over 6 years ago

    40 comments

    Mary Eliza Mahoney is so inspirational! thats my number 1 and so is Mabel Keaton Staupers too if it wasnt for her i probably couldnt even enter a nursing school!

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    emtpixie

    over 6 years ago

    328 comments

    Agreed, joilena. Clara Barton in my opinion is THE most influential nurse in history. Florence Nightingale may have been the first that we know of, and she did alot of things, but Clara "perfected" it and then some. If you're interested the best book (in my humble opinion) out there is " Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War" by Stephen B. Oates. It's well worth reading! There is even a few items about Dorothea Dix in this book.

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    joilena

    over 6 years ago

    6 comments

    you know not only is she awesome but she was probaly the most influential and inspiriring awesome article

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