Profiles In Nursing

Historic and contemporary nurses who have advanced our profession.

Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams

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Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams

Acting Surgeon General

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN

Guess what? Since April 21, the nation’s acting surgeon general has been a nurse: Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, RN, MSN, Ph.D., FAAN, who was previously the deputy of ousted Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., MBA. She is the first ...

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)

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