Nursing During the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

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Nursing During the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

Fine in the morning, dead by nightfall

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN

One of the deadliest epidemics in recorded history involved a disease far less notorious than the “Black Death” (bubonic plague) that swept Europe during the Middle Ages — and occurred less than a century ago. The devastating influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 was a pivotal moment for nursing and its impact on our profession is still felt today. It began in the spring of 1918. With World War I still raging, parts of the U. ...

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