Nursing History

What Was It Like to Be a Nurse During WWII?

What Was It Like to Be a Nurse During WWII?

Throughout the history of nursing, some of the most well-known figures have been war nurses. But what about World War II? This massive conflict transformed the world of nursing, with huge numbers of women signing up as Army and Navy […]

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A List Of Rules For Nurses… From 1887

“Any nurse who smokes, uses liquor in any form, gets her hair done at a beauty shop or frequents dance halls will give the director of nurses good reason to suspect her worth, intentions and integrity.”

Alfred Eisenstaedt

The nurse from the famous kiss photo

Everyone knows the World War II photo, but who actually knows anything about the pictured nurse?

Nursing history: The first African-American to practice medicine in the U.S.

Nursing history: The first African-American to practice medicine in the U.S.

James Derham purchased his freedom in 1783 by working as a medical assistant…and eventually was able to open his own medical practice. Though he was never formally trained as a nurse or doctor, he’s a true inspiration.

A modest appreciation of Florence Nightingale

A modest appreciation of Florence Nightingale

Let’s raise a glass to Florence Nightingale this week, and not just because she moved our profession into the modern day…

Nursing history: Ada M. Carr – nurse, instructor, trailblazer!

Nursing history: Ada M. Carr – nurse, instructor, trailblazer!

Head nurse, nursing instructor, magazine editor. Yeah. ROCK STAR.

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Nurses we love: Rose Church, NASA’s first nurse

The Buzz Aldrin of the nurse world. Get ready to feel inspired.

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New book reflects on Vietnam War nurses

Did you know that 80 percent of the women who served in the Vietnam War were nurses? A new book explores the role these women played in the war zone.

Style we love: The long, flow-y nursing(?) dress

Style we love: The long, flow-y nursing(?) dress

Yes, this long, ankle-length nursing uniform is a bit “Greased Lightening,” but we still love it!

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Style we love: Pediatric nurses

In honor of this lovely vintage image, we unearthed a Florence Nightingale quote about the importance of taking care of children.

Inspiration: Famous African American nurses through history

Inspiration: Famous African American nurses through history

We salute these amazing women who helped shape the delivery of healthcare in this country and inspired many generations of nurses after them.

Obama thanks you

Obama thanks you

Obama: “I just love nurses. I don’t know what it is. You know, I love nurses. Michelle knows about it. it’s okay.”

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Check out the first-ever nurses float in the Rose Parade!

Yup, you read that right. In case your TV doesn’t provide as many close-ups as you’d like — click in to see more images!

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A look back in history: Nurses in times of crisis

Here’s a look at some of the brave work of nurses going all the way back to the founding of our country.

Nursing during the Great Depression

Nursing during the Great Depression

What effects did widespread unemployment have on nurses almost 100 years ago? Click in for fascinating facts, images and personal anecdotes.