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.

Jade GoodyJade Goody
Vera BrittainVera Brittain
(British)
Edith CavellEdith Cavell
(British)

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

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
(Russian)
Raymond Fernandez and Martha BeckRaymond Fernandez and Martha Beck
(American)
Kristen GilbertKristen Gilbert
(American)

Elizabeth FryElizabeth Fry
(British)
Rachel RobinsonRachel Robinson
(American)
Bhanwari DeviBhanwari Devi
(Indian)

Mimi SmithMimi Smith
(British)
Evelyn MaseEvelyn Mase
(South African)
Suze RandallSuze Randall
(British)

Agnes von KurowskyAgnes von Kurowsky
(American)
Hildegard PeplauHildegard Peplau
(Romanian,American)
Lillian Gordy CarterLillian Gordy Carter
(American)

Constance KentConstance Kent
(British)
Ethel Roosevelt DerbyEthel Roosevelt Derby
(American)
Queen Fabiola of BelgiumQueen Fabiola of Belgium
(Spanish)

Rena OwenRena Owen
(New Zealander)
Dorothea OremDorothea Orem
(American)
Michaela SchaffrathMichaela Schaffrath
(German)

John of GodJohn of God
(Spanish)
Derek LongmuirDerek Longmuir
(British)
HonokaHonoka
(Japanese)

Elizabeth FreemanElizabeth Freeman
(American)
Madeleine LeiningerMadeleine Leininger
(American)
Aurora QuezonAurora Quezon
(Filipino)

Gerlinde KaltenbrunnerGerlinde Kaltenbrunner
(Austrian)
Lucia de BerkLucia de Berk
Sarah Emma EdmondsSarah Emma Edmonds
(Canadian)

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

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