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.

Evelyn MaseEvelyn Mase
(South African)
Vera BrittainVera Brittain
(British)
Jade GoodyJade Goody

Naomi JuddNaomi Judd
(American)
Charles CullenCharles Cullen
(American)
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia
(Russian)

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
(Russian)
Rena OwenRena Owen
(New Zealander)
Edith CavellEdith Cavell
(British)

Rachel RobinsonRachel Robinson
(American)
Kristen GilbertKristen Gilbert
(American)
Constance KentConstance Kent
(British)

Mimi SmithMimi Smith
(British)
Raymond Fernandez and Martha BeckRaymond Fernandez and Martha Beck
(American)
Elizabeth FryElizabeth Fry
(British)

Bhanwari DeviBhanwari Devi
(Indian)
Lillian Gordy CarterLillian Gordy Carter
(American)
Suze RandallSuze Randall
(British)

Ethel Roosevelt DerbyEthel Roosevelt Derby
(American)
Derek LongmuirDerek Longmuir
(British)
Queen Fabiola of BelgiumQueen Fabiola of Belgium
(Spanish)

Agnes von KurowskyAgnes von Kurowsky
(American)
Michaela SchaffrathMichaela Schaffrath
(German)
HonokaHonoka
(Japanese)

Elizabeth FreemanElizabeth Freeman
(American)
John of GodJohn of God
(Spanish)
Sarah Emma EdmondsSarah Emma Edmonds
(Canadian)

Lucia de BerkLucia de Berk
Hildegard PeplauHildegard Peplau
(Romanian,American)
Gerlinde KaltenbrunnerGerlinde Kaltenbrunner
(Austrian)

Dorothea OremDorothea Orem
(American)
Aurora QuezonAurora Quezon
(Filipino)
Madeleine LeiningerMadeleine Leininger
(American)

Karin FossumKarin Fossum
(Norwegian)
Maura ClarkeMaura Clarke
(Salvadoran,American)
Yetunde PriceYetunde Price
(American)

Anita CobbyAnita Cobby
(Australian)
Mărgărita Miller-VerghyMărgărita Miller-Verghy
(Romanian)