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World Photography Day – 5 photos of famous nurses

Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Blog

It’s World Photography Day and there’s an abundance of scenic coastlines, beautiful animals and happy faces scattered across social media in celebration of it. Here at Kare Plus though, we have dug out a number of dated photographs of some of the healthcare industry’s most influential nurses over the past decades.

From the world-famous, to the charity inspiring – these nurses have left their mark on our industry in a remarkable way. You can see them all in our blog above, and read more about them in our blog below.

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale rose to fame through her service in the Crimean War, she tended to wounded soldiers. Her hard work and passion gave nurses the spotlight and ended up cementing her as an icon during the Victorian era. Her dedication to healing the wounded showed no bounds, during the evenings she would go out, which earned her the nickname “The Lad With The Lamp”.

Mary Eliza Mahoney

Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American to study as a nurse, she graduated in 1879, going on to become the first African American Nurse. She fought against diversity and prejudice at a time when segregation was common. She paved the way for many others in the nursing field thanks to her efforts.

Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell was a British nurse who tended to both British and German soldiers in the German occupied country of Belgium. She didn’t discriminate against those who were in need, instead she only saw people that needed care. She was eventually executed in 1915 after the Germans had found she was helping British soldiers return the Britain.

Clara Barton

Clara Barton was a famed humanitarian and civil activist; she was also a hospital nurse during the American Civil War. It was rare for women to have such a prominent role in society at the time, so for this reason she was considered quite the pioneer.  Clara was the founding member of The Red Cross in America, an institute that helps people all over the world today.

Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix was one of the first nurses to advocate the care of those deemed insane, she protested for the need of mental asylums to help protect those unable to protect themselves. This makes her one of the first advocates for mental health care, something that still has a lot of stigma surrounding it today.

There’s no doubt that nurses have helped shape the very fabric of our society, but are there any nurses you feel we’ve missed? Please feel free to let us know in the comments!




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