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Who should become a nurse?

Smart, strong people who care about other people and want to help improve their lives.

Who are some nurse leaders?

Living Nurse Leaders

Loretta Sweet Jemmott, designer of HIV preventative methods for the street

Ruth Lubic, nurse midwife who created community birth centers

Linda Aiken, researcher on the value of nursing

Susie Kim, developer of rehabilitation programs for psychiatric patients

Elizabeth Ngugi, researcher and advocate for ostracized communities

Nancy King Reame, maternal care expert and advocate

Jackie Campbell, domestic violence expert and advocate

Diana Mason, academic, policy, and media leader. See her radio show HealthCetera

Historical Nurse Leaders

Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing

Lillian Wald, founder of the Henry Street Settlement

Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross

Mary Breckinridge, founder of the Frontier Nursing Service

Dorothea Dix, revolutionized care for the mentally ill

Florence Wald, transformed care for the dying

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Last updated November 12, 2021

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