Profiles In Nursing

Historic and contemporary nurses who have advanced our profession.

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

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

2016 Florence Nightingale Award Winner

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN

Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, did nothing to encourage the participation of men in our profession, subscribing to the popular belief that nursing was an extension of women’s role as caregivers. In the U.S., men were not even ...

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

Frontline surgical nurse with the Imperial Russian Army, and WWI diarist and photographer

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

Clara Barton (1821-1912), Angel of the Battlefield

Clara Barton (1821-1912), Angel of the Battlefield

Shyness and severe depression did not hold her back

Lillian Wald (1867-1940) and Public Health Nursing

Lillian Wald (1867-1940) and Public Health Nursing

The Henry Street Settlement and the Visiting Nurse Service

Mary Adelaide Nutting, Rock Star of Nursing

Mary Adelaide Nutting, Rock Star of Nursing

Called one of the most useful women in the world

Anna Kaplan, Founder of a Nursing School in Jerusalem
Saint Marianne of Molokai and the Leper Colonies of Hawaii
Brigadier General Anna McCabe Hays, RN, MSN

Brigadier General Anna McCabe Hays, RN, MSN

Trailblazer for women in the military

Margaret Shandor Miles, RN, Ph.D., FAAN

Margaret Shandor Miles, RN, Ph.D., FAAN

Fragile infants and their parents

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