Profiles In Nursing

Historic and contemporary nurses who have advanced our profession.

Mother Mary of St. Angela (1824-1887), Civil War Hospital Administrator

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Mother Mary of St. Angela (1824-1887), Civil War Hospital Administrator

Pres. Ulysses S. Grant said she had

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN

Many people dedicate their lives to an ideal larger than themselves. Few do it with the intensity and competence of Eliza Marie Gillespie, better known as Mother Mary of St. Angela or just Mother Angela. Best remembered today as a leader of her ...

Mary Marvin Wayland, RN, M.A. (?-1946), Grounding Nursing Practice in Research

Mary Marvin Wayland, RN, M.A. (?-1946), Grounding Nursing Practice in Research

Standards of care depended on where a nurse worked

Lillian Sholtis Brunner (1918-2016), Textbook Author

Lillian Sholtis Brunner (1918-2016), Textbook Author

Nursing students remember their Brunner Bible

Maria Stromberger (1898-1957), Angel of Auschwitz

Maria Stromberger (1898-1957), Angel of Auschwitz

She risked her life to ease suffering, then after the war testified against the Nazi guards

Ellen Savage (1912-1985), Australian Wartime Hero

Ellen Savage (1912-1985), Australian Wartime Hero

She survived the sinking of a hospital ship and rallied a nation at war

Nathalie Bucknall (1895-1959), From St. Petersburg to Hollywood

Nathalie Bucknall (1895-1959), From St. Petersburg to Hollywood

Nursing during the Bolshevik Revolution, and beyond

Martha Ballard (1735-1812), Colonial Midwife
Cecelia Crawford: Making Research Relevant to Nursing Practice
Capt. Rupert B. Laco, RN, MSN; United States Air Force

Capt. Rupert B. Laco, RN, MSN; United States Air Force

2016 Florence Nightingale Award Winner

Katherine Buckner Avery, RN (1896-1982)  Nightingale of the Bayou
Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams

Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams

Acting Surgeon General

Emma Cushman (1863-1931), Saving World War I Orphans
Rep. Lois Capps, RN, BSN, M.A.

Rep. Lois Capps, RN, BSN, M.A.

From bedside to divinity school to the House of Representatives

Christiane Reimann (1888-1979) and the International Council of Nurses

Christiane Reimann (1888-1979) and the International Council of Nurses

This headstrong heiress was a realistic visionary

Pamela Cipriano, President of the ANA

Pamela Cipriano, President of the ANA

Leading 3 million American nurses

Imogene M. King and a New Theory of Nursing

Imogene M. King and a New Theory of Nursing

Building a nurse-patient relationship

Cicely Saunders, Founder of Modern Hospice Care
Corinne MacEgan, President of the ANAC

Corinne MacEgan, President of the ANAC

She approached her leadership role

Marian Alford (1905-1989), Nurse Organizer

Marian Alford (1905-1989), Nurse Organizer

Taking action to improve conditions for nurses

Jennifer Worth, RGN, NM (1935-2011) and Call the Midwife

Jennifer Worth, RGN, NM (1935-2011) and Call the Midwife

Her charming memoir became a BBC TV series

Dame Christine Beasley, CNO of England
Jean Watson, RN, Ph.D., AHN-C, FAAN and a Theory of Caring

Jean Watson, RN, Ph.D., AHN-C, FAAN and a Theory of Caring

Caring heals the nurse as well as the patient

Mary Breckinridge (1881-1965) and the Frontier Nursing Service
Florence Farmborough (1887-1978), War Correspondent for the BBC

Florence Farmborough (1887-1978), War Correspondent for the BBC

On the front lines with the Russian Imperial Army during WWI

Calamity Jane & Smallpox in the Wild West

Calamity Jane & Smallpox in the Wild West

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

Col. Florence Blanchfield, RN (1884-1971), The Little Colonel
Dorothea Dix (1802-1887), Champion of the Mentally Ill
Loretta Ford, Mother of Nurse Practitioners

Loretta Ford, Mother of Nurse Practitioners

Created a new nursing practice area

Edith Cavell, RN (1865-1915), Tinker, Tailor, Nurse, Spy
Linda Richards (1841-1930) and Nursing Education

Linda Richards (1841-1930) and Nursing Education

Charting a new course for the nursing profession

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Robert Noakes