Calamity Jane & Smallpox in the Wild West

Profiles in Nursing

Calamity Jane & Smallpox in the Wild West

Martha Jane Cannary, AKA Calamity Jane (1852?-1903)

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN

It may be difficult to believe today, but at one time, nurses suffered a dubious reputation. While the nuns who founded nursing orders and hospitals may have been seen as ministering angels, lay nursing was seldom considered a respectable profession — particularly as practiced by nurses as wild and generally unreliable as Martha Jane Cannary, better known as Calamity Jane.  Hellion With a Heart of Gold  Hard facts about the life of Calamity ...

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The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care

The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care

Reviewed By Christine Contillo, RN, BSN, PHN

To help a patient at the end of life have what has come to be known as “a good death,& ...

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