Profiles In Nursing

Historic and contemporary nurses who have advanced our profession.

Lillian Sholtis Brunner (1918-2016), Textbook Author

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Lillian Sholtis Brunner (1918-2016), Textbook Author

Nursing students remember their Brunner Bible

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN

Do you remember your “Brunner Bible”? Perhaps you still reflect fondly on its value as a sleep aid  or as part of your strength-training regimen. Maybe you still refer back to this essential textbook for detailed information about disease processes & ...

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

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

Sarah Edmonds Seelye (a.k.a. Frank Thompson) 1841-1898

Sarah Edmonds Seelye (a.k.a. Frank Thompson) 1841-1898

The unbelievable tale of a Civil War nurse who became a Union spy

Madeleine Leininger, Nurse Anthropologist

Madeleine Leininger, Nurse Anthropologist

Making a world of difference

Susan B. Hassmiller and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Susan B. Hassmiller and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Advising the $600 million endowment on nursing

Cora Simpson: Missionary Nurse in China

Cora Simpson: Missionary Nurse in China

She established a nursing school in Foochow, China in 1907

Margaret Anthony Tracy, Founder of UC School of Nursing
Dorothy Ford Buschmann and Sigma Theta Tau

Dorothy Ford Buschmann and Sigma Theta Tau

Founder of the Nursing Honor Society

Margaret Elliot Francis Sirch, RN (1867-1954)

Margaret Elliot Francis Sirch, RN (1867-1954)

Editor of the first nursing journal, Nightingale

Bertha Wright, Pioneer in California Public Health Nursing

Bertha Wright, Pioneer in California Public Health Nursing

An eccentric activist who could stop people with her formidable state

Gertrude Plotzke, RN and the Chicago Milk Station
Capt. Sue Sophia Dauser, RN (1888-1972)
Sally Bixby, RN, MSN, president of the Tournament of Roses
Cynthia Johnson and Educating Nurses in Tanzania
Mona Clayton is Recruiting 100,000 Nurses

Mona Clayton is Recruiting 100,000 Nurses

Introducing the profession to underserved communities

Kynna Wright, RN, Ph.D.: Making Her Grandmothers Proud
Mary Ann Bickerdyke, Civil War Nursing Powerhouse

Mary Ann Bickerdyke, Civil War Nursing Powerhouse

A fierce advocate for the soldiers in her care

Rosemary Ellis, Nursing Theorist

Taking a holistic approach to the treatment of disease

Cynthia Broze and the History of L.A. Nurses

Cynthia Broze and the History of L.A. Nurses

Bringing the story to life with words and photographs

Commanding General Patricia D. Horoho, RN
Lillian Carter, Proving Age is Not a Barrier

Lillian Carter, Proving Age is Not a Barrier

She joined the Peace Corp at age 68

Anne Williamson, author of Fifty Years in Starch
Ellen Church, Nurse-Flight Attendant

Ellen Church, Nurse-Flight Attendant

Duties included calming nervous passengers in unpressurized cabins and refueling the plane

Pam Fuller, Dean of Online Nursing School
Anita Dorr, Inventor of the Crash Cart

Anita Dorr, Inventor of the Crash Cart

She also launched the ENA

Phoebe Yates Levy Pember, Civil War Nurse and Diarist

Phoebe Yates Levy Pember, Civil War Nurse and Diarist

Nursing during the Civil War, in her own words

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