Nurses Making a Difference – National Nurses Week – Famous Nurses in History

National Nurses Week 2022

Every year in May, the healthcare community celebrates National Nurses Week. We want to ensure we recognize the outstanding contributions nurses make every day to their communities. Their immeasurable sacrifice, persistence, and commitment to the profession inspire us all.

The nursing field has always been considered challenging yet rewarding. However, during the pandemic nurses were tested like never before—on the frontlines working tirelessly to care for their patients and the community.

During National Nurses Week, let’s all take the opportunity to thank nurses and the nursing profession for all that they do.

Origin of Nursing

The Origin of Nursing

The nursing profession dates back to the Roman Empire beginning in A.D. 300. Nurses were recruited to provide medical care working alongside doctors.

During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church provided medical services throughout Europe. In the 10th and 11th centuries, nurses provided medical care in hospitals that were part of monasteries. However, the upheaval in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries led to a decline in nursing as a profession as monasteries in many parts of Europe closed.

Florence NightingalePhoto Credit: ONS Voice

The Founder of modern nursing

Florence Nightingale, a British nurse, social reformer, and statistician is best known as the founder of modern nursing. Her experiences as a nurse during the Crimean War ushered in what were then innovations such as holding healthcare teams accountable for the quality of patient care, implementing sanitary conditions, and emphasizing the need for compassionate, patient-centered care.

She established St. Thomas’s Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses in 1860. Her efforts to reform healthcare greatly influenced the quality of care in the 19th and 20th centuries. But, perhaps Nightingale’s greatest single contribution to the nursing profession was setting an example as a leader in enforcing standards in nursing practice and education. She was one of the first proponents of evidence-based care and understood the powerful role nurses play in promoting quality care for patients and workplace safety for nurses.


Famous Nurses in History – Key Contributors in Nursing

Other individuals who inspired the development of the nursing profession in the 19th and early 20th centuries include:

Dorothy Dix

Dorothea Dix

A true advocate on behalf of the mentally ill she worked to improve living conditions for people with mental illness.

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Clara Barton

Instrumental in the establishment of the International Red Cross in 1863 and championed the establishment of the American Red Cross in 1881.

Linda RichardsPhoto Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital

Linda Richards

Richard graduated from the inaugural nursing program at the New England Hospital for Women and Children’s in 1873. Her many efforts to improve patient care included maintaining a record of each patient’s care using a chart kept at the patient’s bedside – the first medical record.

Hazel Johnson-BrownPhoto Credit: Scrubs Magazine

Hazel W. Johnson-Brown

She became the first black woman named as a general in the United States Army and the first black leader of the United States Army Nurse Corps, both in 1979. Joining the Army in 1955, she had started as a staff nurse for the military in Japan and Korea. She served until 1983.

Virginia HendersonPhoto Credit: Nursing Times

Virginia Avenel Henderson

Known as the first lady of nursing, Henderson developed and helped to define the role of nurses, including the concept of aiding both the sick and well to lead them to healthier lives. As one of the most important nurses in history, not only did she help the nursing field in her time, but ideas she developed are still in practice today.

Happy National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week, Honoring Nursing

In 1982, a congressional resolution designated May 6th as National Recognition Day for Nurses. A few years later, in 1990, the American Nurse Association expanded the recognition to create National Nurses Week, which takes place annually May 6–12 to honor the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, whose heroic efforts to treat soldiers injured during the Crimean War established the first standards of nursing care.

Healthcare Advantage Program

International AutoSource (IAS) has served nurses who have moved to the US or accepted work assignments from Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, UAE, the UK, and other countries around the world.

Through the exclusive IAS Healthcare Advantage Program nearly 10,000 nurses and other healthcare professionals were able to get a vehicle tailored to their budget and needs.

Celebrating Healthcare Professionals

Honoring our nurses

Having worked with the healthcare community for over 15 years, International AutoSource understands how challenging working as a nurse is – both physically and emotionally.

We know nurses are drawn to the profession because of their desire to help, to serve and to care. We also know, international nurses play a critical role in the US health system.

Thank you for the difference you make. Happy National Nurses Week.

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