SHE-LOGY: Trailblazing nurses
Nursing is one of those professions that have suffered a stigmatizing reputation. It is stereotyped as a female role, understandably so, the first nurses were women and nuns. But nursing is not easily a “delicate” job. We’ve heard of brave women nurses who went to war to tend to the wounded soldiers. In this field, Florence Nightingale would be the first name to be remembered, her being the most prominent and considered the founder of modern nursing. Here are 3 more exemplary nurses that we should know.
MARY SEACOLE (1805-1881). Born in Jamaica. A presence during the Crimean War. She spent her own money to travel to Crimea to help treat wounded soldiers after being passed over by Florence Nightingale. Her autobiography, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands is vivid and interesting and offers insight into a woman who had difficulties in British society due to her mixed racial heritage.
VIRGINIA AVENEL HENDERSON (1897-1996). Often referred to as “the first lady of nursing”. She is known for her development of nursing theory. She graduated from the Army School of Nursing, and also receive a M.A. in nursing education from Columbia University. Her theory that nurses should aid everyone in the quest for better overall health is recognized as a major contribution to the practice of nursing.
CHRISTIANE REIMANN (1916-1979). Born in Denmark, she is recognized for her contributions to the international nursing community. She was the first full-time executive secretary to the International Council of Nurses. She left to manage a family farm in Syracuse, Italy in 1934, but remained devoted to the idea of nursing. The ICN has a prized name for her.
SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading this.