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Florence Nightingale Taken: 1858 Discovered: 2006 Florence Nightingale is one of nursing’s most important figures. She gained worldwide attention for her work as a nurse during the Crimean War. She was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night to tend to injured soldiers. Early photographs of Florence Nightingale are very rare because she was extremely reluctant to be photographed, partly for religious reasons

Clara Barton:1821-1912) - Civil War nurse, founder of the American Red Cross. Barton refused to take a salary from the government's treasury & dedicated herself aiding soldiers on the front.  Never had women been allowed in hospitals, camps or battlefields;  initially, military & civil officials refused her help.  Eventually, she gained their trust & began receiving supplies from all over the country.  As a result of her untiring work, she became known as the "Angel of the Battlefield."

Agnes von Kurowsky, the American WWI nurse who inspired Hemingway to create Catherine Blakely of Farewell to Arms ~

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Florence Nightingale - Victorian Feminist and Medical Reformist

Florence Nightingale.- She is a ‘ministering angel’ without any exaggeration in these hospitals, and as her slender form glides quietly along each corridor, every poor fellow's face softens with gratitude at the sight of her. When all the medical officers have retired for the night and silence and darkness have settled down upon those miles of prostrate sick, she may be observed alone, with a little lamp in her hand, making her solitary rounds. (Wiki)

One of the most famous photos of Native people in Yosemite is this photograph taken by J. T. Boysen in 1901. Susie and daughter Sadie McGowan.

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The Public Health Nurse

The Public Health Nurse -- riding the trails of Kentucky, or upstate New York, or other isolated communities. A heroic figure.

In 1910, Violet Constance Jessop was working as a steward on the RMS Olympic. It collided with the HMS Hawke. She survived. In 1912, Violet Constance Jessop was working as a steward on the Titanic. It collided with the infamous iceberg and the ship sank. She survived. In 1916, Violet Constance Jessop was working as a nurse on the HMHS Britannic. There was an explosion, possibly caused by a mine or torpedo, and the ship sank. She survived. Violet Constance Jessop. WOW

Researchers have uncovered a rare photograph of a young Helen Keller with her teacher Anne Sullivan, nearly 120 years after it was taken on Cape Cod. The photograph, shot in July 1888 in Brewster, shows an 8-year-old Helen sitting outside in a light-colored dress, holding Sullivan’s hand and cradling one of her beloved dolls. Experts on Keller’s life believe it could be the earliest photo of the two women together and the only one showing the blind and deaf child with a doll...

“An eighteen year old boy is carried into the shock ward, and he looks up at my trustingly asking, “How am I doing, nurse?” I just kiss his forehead and say, “You are doing just fine soldier.” He smiles sweetly and says, “I was just checking,” Then he dies. We all cry in private. But not in front of the boys. Never in front of the boys.” - June Wandrey, WWII in HD

Nurse Fact: Walt Whitman was actually the first male nurse! He assisted Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War in the 19th century. tirejo

Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 1945 by Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, via Flickr. Lou Lowery's image of Marines replacing the first American flag atop Mount Suribachi with a second flag, made famous by Joe Rosenthal's iconic photograph. From the collection of Lou Lowery (COLL/2575), Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections.

Florence Nightingale felt that she was called by God to do some kind of work for him; although she didn’t know what. In those times, being a nurse was not a respectable job for a woman. In 1854 the Crimean war started. Nightingale volunteered. When Florence showed up in the army hospital she was appalled. There were diseases such as typhus, cholera and dysentery. She cleaned up the hospital and improving the quality of the sanitation; dramatically reducing the death rate of soldiers by 2/3.

Wedding day photograph of Abraham and Mary taken November 4, 1842 in Springfield, Illinois after three years of a stormy courtship and a broken engagement.

In 1914 an 18-year-old girl called Mairi Chisholm set out for London on her motor bike to see how she could help the war effort. She teamed up with a nurse called Elsie Knocker, who shared her spirit of adventure, and the pair of them went on to spend an incredible four years treating the wounded on the front line. They were the only women to live and work in the Belgian front-line trenches during the First World War.