List of famous nurses with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

When we talk of famous nurses, Florence Nightingale is undoubtedly the first name that comes to mind. Popularly known as the “The Lady with the Lamp”, she went beyond the call of duty while tending to wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Another nurse who received praise for her wartime work is Clara Barton who served as a hospital nurse in the American Civil War and was actively involved in humanitarian work. Well known for her role as a birth control activist and sex educator, American nurse Margaret Higgins Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States. Nurses throughout history have played a pivotal role in bringing about a difference in not just the lives of individual patients, but in promoting major social changes. When Mary Eliza Mahoney, a black woman, became a professionally qualified nurse in the United States in the late 19th century, she challenged professional discrimination against African Americans. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous nurses from all over the globe.

Betty ShabazzBetty Shabazz
American

Marie LaveauMarie Laveau
American

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia
Russian

Naomi JuddNaomi Judd
American
Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
Russian
Jennifer WorthJennifer Worth
British

Rachel RobinsonRachel Robinson
American

Evelyn MaseEvelyn Mase
South African

Ethel Roosevelt DerbyEthel Roosevelt Derby
American
Kristen GilbertKristen Gilbert
American

Mimi SmithMimi Smith
British
Elizabeth FryElizabeth Fry
British

Suze RandallSuze Randall
British

Rena OwenRena Owen
New Zealander
Bhanwari DeviBhanwari Devi
Indian

Lillian Gordy CarterLillian Gordy Carter
American
Constance KentConstance Kent
British

Nella LarsenNella Larsen
American

Sue JohansonSue Johanson
Canadian
Derek LongmuirDerek Longmuir
British
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Agnes von KurowskyAgnes von Kurowsky
American
Elizabeth FreemanElizabeth Freeman
American

Michaela SchaffrathMichaela Schaffrath
German

John of GodJohn of God
Spanish, Portuguese

Mary KingsleyMary Kingsley
British
Aurora QuezonAurora Quezon
Filipino

Gerlinde KaltenbrunnerGerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Austrian

HonokaHonoka
Japanese

Camillus de LellisCamillus de Lellis
Italian

Hildegard PeplauHildegard Peplau
Romanian, American
Sarah Emma EdmondsSarah Emma Edmonds
Canadian, American

Lucia de BerkLucia de Berk
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Susan TraversSusan Travers
British

Doris Pilkington GarimaraDoris Pilkington Garimara
Australian

Naomi MitchisonNaomi Mitchison
Scottish
Clara MaassClara Maass
American

Dorothea OremDorothea Orem
American
Jeanne ManceJeanne Mance
French

Madeleine LeiningerMadeleine Leininger
American

Maura ClarkeMaura Clarke
Salvadoran, American

Karin FossumKarin Fossum
Norwegian

Mary Ann BickerdykeMary Ann Bickerdyke
American
Grace OgotGrace Ogot
Kenyan

Florence WaldFlorence Wald
American

Bertha HoltBertha Holt
American

Jane DelanoJane Delano
American
Louise McManusLouise McManus
American
Mary Adelaide NuttingMary Adelaide Nutting
American

Mabel Keaton StaupersMabel Keaton Staupers
Barbadian, American

Harriet Boyd HawesHarriet Boyd Hawes
American

Julia DempseyJulia Dempsey
American
Anita CobbyAnita Cobby
Australian

Florence A. BlanchfieldFlorence A. Blanchfield
American
Mary J. SaffordMary J. Safford
American

Jane Currie Blaikie HogeJane Currie Blaikie Hoge
American

Yetunde PriceYetunde Price
American
Sue S. DauserSue S. Dauser
American

Mărgărita Miller-VerghyMărgărita Miller-Verghy
Romanian
Lucy MinnigerodeLucy Minnigerode
American

Mary BreckinridgeMary Breckinridge
American

Elsa BrandstromElsa Brandstrom
Swedish
Lowitja O'DonoghueLowitja O'Donoghue
Australian