By Susan Carlisle
One of my very best friends, Pam is a nurse and she has just earned her Ph.d in Nursing. She’s now a full-fledged college professor teaching the nurses of tomorrow. I’m not sure I’ll be able to call her Dr. D but I’m super proud of her. I asked her when she called to tell me that she had successfully defended her dicertation if the committee had told her she was the next Einstein of nursing, or if they thought she would save the world. With a laugh in her voice she responded, “Something like that.”
With my friend joining the ranks of the famous nurses of the world, at least for me, it got me to thinking about other outstanding nurses.
There is Florence Nightingale who is considered to be the founder of the modern nursing profession. She was known for her compassion and commitment to patients. She more than earned her spot in the famous section.
How about Clara Barton? She’s best known for organizing the American Red Cross. Not a shabby way to join Florence in the to be remembered group.
What about Margaret Houlihan on the TV show M.A.S.H.? Maybe she didn’t offer near as much to the world as the ladies above but she’s certainly memorable. One thing I remember about her that above all, no matter what she was doing or having done to her, she was above all a good first.
Little known fact, Walt Whitman and Mary Lincoln Todd were both nurses.
Can you think of any famous nurses to add to my list?