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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.



4. Mary Eliza Mahoney

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Mary Eliza Mahoney

Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African-American woman to become a nurse in the United States. Mahoney worked at the New England Hospital for Women and Children for 15 years before she was admitted into the adjacent nursing school. Mahoney dedicated her life to nursing, heading up the Howard Orphan Asylum for African-American children in New York. She was also one of the first members of the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada which later became the American Nurses Association.

In 1908, Mahoney co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses which eventually became part of the ANA. Each year, the ANA honors Ms. Mahoney with an award that represents her dedication to nursing and ending racial segregation. She has been inducted into both the ANA and National Women’s Hall of Fame.


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    Forrester

    about 3 years ago

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    I have several comments:
    Lillian Wald should replace Claire Bertschinger. Her accomplishments as a nurse are astounding, and should be, even today, the role model for professional nursing...hands down.
    Dorothea Dix was not even a nurse. Since that is the case, Rose Ann De Moro needs to be on the short list as well for her accomplishments, and should be the ONLY one on the list for the end of the 20th century and now the 21st century.
    Nursing leadership sold out eons ago, and no longer represents the interests of bedside nursing. The AHA leadership has more of a claim to "nursing" leadership than any nurses do in the latter half of the 20th century.

    True nursing leadership, people like Dr. Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio and Rose Ann De Moro, are drowned out by the din of the sycophants.

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    HerbalNurse

    over 3 years ago

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    My favorite nurse theorist of all time is Dr. Jean Watson.

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    nurseevette

    over 3 years ago

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    It was nice to see AA nurses added to this list. They don't talk much about their contribution to nursing. Harriet Tubman should be on here also!

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    rsmentkowski

    almost 4 years ago

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    Lillian Wald belongs in this list. First Public Health Nurse, first to get insurance reimbursement from insurance for nursing services, first to promote school nursing.

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    about 4 years ago

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    Nurse_John

    over 4 years ago

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    Moving mountians was a great book. I reccommend that all nurses read this book.

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    cdrusso

    over 4 years ago

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    I never heard of Moving Mountains, but I think I will buy and read the book. What a dedicated human being to really step into the unknown and make changes.

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    Jacalyn

    over 4 years ago

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    What was the date of the New Zealand's "Nurse Registration Act" ?

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