A Brief History of Female Nurses

The following is an excerpt from an article (written by Cate Lineberry) which can be read in its entirety on the Huffington Post website. For nearly four decades, the United States has honored its nurses with National Nurses Week, held between May 6 and May 12 — the birthday of celebrated British nurse Florence Nightingale. Considered the pioneer of modern nursing, Nightingale first garnered fame after she and her team of nurses reduced the death rate at a British base hospital by two-thirds during the Crimean War in the 1850s. The contributions of female nurses to the American military, however, reach as far back as the American Revolution when women cared for the fallen on battlefields and

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