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

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