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
Evelyn MaseEvelyn Mase
(South African)
Vera BrittainVera Brittain
(British)

Naomi JuddNaomi Judd
(American)
Rachel RobinsonRachel Robinson
(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)
Edith CavellEdith Cavell
(British)
Charles CullenCharles Cullen
(American)

Rena OwenRena Owen
(New Zealander)
Raymond Fernandez and Martha BeckRaymond Fernandez and Martha Beck
(American)
Elizabeth FryElizabeth Fry
(British)

Kristen GilbertKristen Gilbert
(American)
Mimi SmithMimi Smith
(British)
Ethel Roosevelt DerbyEthel Roosevelt Derby
(American)

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

John of GodJohn of God
(Spanish)
Elizabeth FreemanElizabeth Freeman
(American)
Derek LongmuirDerek Longmuir
(British)

Agnes von KurowskyAgnes von Kurowsky
(American)
Queen Fabiola of BelgiumQueen Fabiola of Belgium
(Spanish)
HonokaHonoka
(Japanese)

Michaela SchaffrathMichaela Schaffrath
(German)
Constance KentConstance Kent
(British)
Gerlinde KaltenbrunnerGerlinde Kaltenbrunner
(Austrian)

Sarah Emma EdmondsSarah Emma Edmonds
(Canadian)
Aurora QuezonAurora Quezon
(Filipino)
Hildegard PeplauHildegard Peplau
(Romanian,American)

Dorothea OremDorothea Orem
(American)
Madeleine LeiningerMadeleine Leininger
(American)
Lucia de BerkLucia de Berk

Karin FossumKarin Fossum
(Norwegian)
Maura ClarkeMaura Clarke
(Salvadoran,American)
Anita CobbyAnita Cobby
(Australian)

Yetunde PriceYetunde Price
(American)
Mărgărita Miller-VerghyMărgărita Miller-Verghy
(Romanian)