Nurses

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.

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 1 Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale
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Famous As: Founder of Modern Nursing
Birthdate: May 12, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: August 13, 1910
The Lady with the Lamp Florence Nightingale is remembered for her relentless efforts in nursing soldiers during the Crimean War. She founded London’s St Thomas' Hospital to train nurses. She also pioneered the use of the polar area diagram and was the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society.

 2 Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: February 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Polish
Died: May 12, 2008
Polish social worker and nurse Irena Sendler was part of the Polish Underground Resistance in German-occupied Poland, during World War II. She was arrested for smuggling Jewish children out of Poland but never revealed much about her work. She had received many awards, such as Israel’s Righteous Among the Nations.
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 3 Marie Laveau

Marie Laveau
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Famous As: American Vodoo queen
Birthdate: September 10, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 16, 1881

 4 Naomi Judd

Naomi Judd
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Famous As: Nurse, Motivational speaker, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: January 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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 5 Clara Barton

Clara Barton
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: December 25, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 12, 1912

 6 Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: December 4, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: October 12, 1915
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 7 Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole
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Famous As: Heroine of the Crimean War
Birthdate: November 23, 1805
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: May 14, 1881

Mary Seacole was a British-Jamaican nurse, businesswoman, and healer. She played a major role during the Crimean War, providing aid for wounded servicemen and nursing them back to health. In 1991, Seacole was posthumously honored with the Jamaican Order of Merit. In 2004, she was named the greatest black Briton for her contribution during the war.

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 8 Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia
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Famous As: Politician, Nurse
Birthdate: November 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Russian
Died: July 17, 1918
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 9 Violet Jessop

Violet Jessop
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: October 2, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Argentinian
Died: May 5, 1971

 10 Yetunde Price

Yetunde Price
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Birthdate: August 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 14, 2003
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 11 Jennifer Worth

Jennifer Worth
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: September 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: May 31, 2011

 12 Anita Cobby

Anita Cobby
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Birthdate: November 2, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
Died: February 2, 1986
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 13 Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
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Famous As: Politician, Nurse
Birthdate: June 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian
Died: July 17, 1918

 14 Rachel Robinson

Rachel Robinson
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Famous As: Nurse, Baseball player
Birthdate: July 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 15 Sineenat

Sineenat
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Famous As: Thai nurse
Birthdate: January 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Thai

 16 Evelyn Mase

Evelyn Mase
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: May 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South African
Died: April 30, 2004
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 17 Kristen Gilbert

Kristen Gilbert
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Famous As: nurse, serial killer
Birthdate: November 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 18 Elizabeth Fry

Elizabeth Fry
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: May 21, 1780
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: October 12, 1845
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 19 Suze Randall

Suze Randall
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Famous As: Nurse, Photographer, Model, Director, Glamour model
Birthdate: May 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 20 Mimi Smith

Mimi Smith
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Famous As: Nurse, Housewife, Secretary
Birthdate: April 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: December 6, 1991
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 21 Sue Johanson

Sue Johanson
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Famous As: Public Speaker
Birthdate: March 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 22 Lillian Gordy Carter

Lillian Gordy Carter
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Famous As: Nurse, Politician
Birthdate: August 15, 1898
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 30, 1983
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 23 Rena Owen

Rena Owen
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Famous As: Actor, Nurse
Birthdate: July 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: New Zealander

 24 Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny
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Famous As: Nurse & Health Administrator
Birthdate: September 20, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian
Died: November 30, 1952
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 25 Elizabeth Freeman

Elizabeth Freeman
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Famous As: midwife
Birthdate: 1742 AD
Nationality: American
Died: December 28, 1829

 26 Bhanwari Devi

Bhanwari Devi
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Famous As: Social-Worker
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 31, 2011
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 27 Ethel Roosevelt Derby

Ethel Roosevelt Derby
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: August 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: December 10, 1977

 28 Derek Longmuir

Derek Longmuir
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: March 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
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 29 Agnes von Kurowsky

Agnes von Kurowsky
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: January 5, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: September 25, 1984

 30 Constance Kent

Constance Kent
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Famous As: nurse
Birthdate: February 6, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: April 10, 1944
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 31 Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders
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Famous As: English nurse
Birthdate: June 22, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: July 14, 2005

 32 Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: December 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Austrian
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 33 John of God

John of God
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: March 8, 1495
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Spanish, Portuguese
Died: March 8, 1550

 34 Michaela Schaffrath

Michaela Schaffrath
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
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 35 Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 30, 1964

 36 Lillian Wald

Lillian Wald
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Famous As: Humanitarian, Nurse, Activist
Birthdate: March 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 1, 1940

 37 Mary Eliza Mahoney

Mary Eliza Mahoney
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: April 16, 1845
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 4, 1926

 38 Hildegard Peplau

Hildegard Peplau
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: September 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Romanian, American
Died: March 17, 1999

 39 Honoka

Honoka
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Famous As: Actor, Adult Film Star, AV idol, Race queen, Tarento, Nurse
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese

 40 Aurora Quezon

Aurora Quezon
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: February 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino
Died: April 28, 1949

 41 Mary Kingsley

Mary Kingsley
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 13, 1862
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: June 3, 1900

 42 Camillus de Lellis

Camillus de Lellis
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: May 25, 1550
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian
Died: July 14, 1614

 43 Hildegard Lächert

Hildegard Lächert
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: January 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: 1995 AD

 44 Lucia de Berk

Lucia de Berk
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: September 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo

 45 Sarah Emma Edmonds

Sarah Emma Edmonds
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: November 30, 1841
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: September 5, 1898

 46 Dorothea Orem

Dorothea Orem
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: July 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: June 22, 2007

 47 Madeleine Leininger

Madeleine Leininger
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: July 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: August 10, 2012

 48 Bun Rany

Bun Rany
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: December 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Cambodian

 49 Rouzan al-Najjar

Rouzan al-Najjar
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: September 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Palestinian
Died: June 1, 2018

 50 Susan Travers

Susan Travers
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: September 23, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: December 18, 2003
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