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

Naomi JuddNaomi Judd
American

Rachel RobinsonRachel Robinson
American
Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
Russian
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia
Russian

Evelyn MaseEvelyn Mase
South African

Violet JessopViolet Jessop
Argentinian

Jennifer WorthJennifer Worth
British
Kristen GilbertKristen Gilbert
American

Suze RandallSuze Randall
British
Lillian Gordy CarterLillian Gordy Carter
American

Rena OwenRena Owen
New Zealander

Nella LarsenNella Larsen
American
Ethel Roosevelt DerbyEthel Roosevelt Derby
American

Sue JohansonSue Johanson
Canadian
Bhanwari DeviBhanwari Devi
Indian

Mimi SmithMimi Smith
British

Constance KentConstance Kent
British
Elizabeth FryElizabeth Fry
British
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Derek LongmuirDerek Longmuir
British
Elizabeth FreemanElizabeth Freeman
American

Camillus de LellisCamillus de Lellis
Italian

Agnes von KurowskyAgnes von Kurowsky
American

John of GodJohn of God
Spanish, Portuguese
Michaela SchaffrathMichaela Schaffrath
German

Gerlinde KaltenbrunnerGerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Austrian

Mary KingsleyMary Kingsley
British

HonokaHonoka
Japanese

Aurora QuezonAurora Quezon
Filipino
Hildegard LächertHildegard Lächert
German

Sarah Emma EdmondsSarah Emma Edmonds
Canadian, American
Naomi MitchisonNaomi Mitchison
Scottish

Lucia de BerkLucia de Berk
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Hildegard PeplauHildegard Peplau
Romanian, American
Doris Pilkington GarimaraDoris Pilkington Garimara
Australian

Yelena BonnerYelena Bonner
Armenian, Russian, Turkmen
Mary Ann BickerdykeMary Ann Bickerdyke
American

Susan TraversSusan Travers
British

Clara MaassClara Maass
American

Greta BöselGreta Bösel
German

Karin FossumKarin Fossum
Norwegian
Maura ClarkeMaura Clarke
Salvadoran, American

Dorothea OremDorothea Orem
American

Jeanne ManceJeanne Mance
French

Madeleine LeiningerMadeleine Leininger
American
Grace OgotGrace Ogot
Kenyan
Florence WaldFlorence Wald
American

Bertha HoltBertha Holt
American

Louise McManusLouise McManus
American

Jane DelanoJane Delano
American
Mary Adelaide NuttingMary Adelaide Nutting
American

Florence A. BlanchfieldFlorence A. Blanchfield
American
Harriet Boyd HawesHarriet Boyd Hawes
American

Mabel Keaton StaupersMabel Keaton Staupers
Barbadian, American

Julia DempseyJulia Dempsey
American
Anita CobbyAnita Cobby
Australian

Mary J. SaffordMary J. Safford
American
Yetunde PriceYetunde Price
American

Sue S. DauserSue S. Dauser
American

Mărgărita Miller-VerghyMărgărita Miller-Verghy
Romanian
Jane Currie Blaikie HogeJane Currie Blaikie Hoge
American

Lucy MinnigerodeLucy Minnigerode
American
Mary BreckinridgeMary Breckinridge
American

Elsa BrandstromElsa Brandstrom
Swedish

Lowitja O'DonoghueLowitja O'Donoghue
Australian