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.

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

Naomi JuddNaomi Judd
(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)

Charles CullenCharles Cullen
(American)
Rachel RobinsonRachel Robinson
(American)
Raymond Fernandez and Martha BeckRaymond Fernandez and Martha Beck
(American)

Lillian Gordy CarterLillian Gordy Carter
(American)
Evelyn MaseEvelyn Mase
(South African)
Mimi SmithMimi Smith
(British)

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Kristen GilbertKristen Gilbert
(American)
Rena OwenRena Owen
(New Zealander)
Elizabeth FryElizabeth Fry
(British)

Bhanwari DeviBhanwari Devi
(Indian)
Suze RandallSuze Randall
(British)
Ethel Roosevelt DerbyEthel Roosevelt Derby
(American)

Agnes von KurowskyAgnes von Kurowsky
(American)
Elizabeth FreemanElizabeth Freeman
(American)
Constance KentConstance Kent
(British)

Queen Fabiola of BelgiumQueen Fabiola of Belgium
(Spanish)
Michaela SchaffrathMichaela Schaffrath
(German)
John of GodJohn of God
(Spanish)

Derek LongmuirDerek Longmuir
(British)
Hildegard PeplauHildegard Peplau
(Romanian,American)
HonokaHonoka
(Japanese)

Dorothea OremDorothea Orem
(American)
Gerlinde KaltenbrunnerGerlinde Kaltenbrunner
(Austrian)
Madeleine LeiningerMadeleine Leininger
(American)

Sarah Emma EdmondsSarah Emma Edmonds
(Canadian)
Lucia de BerkLucia de Berk
Aurora QuezonAurora Quezon
(Filipino)

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

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