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ADDA ELDRIDGE: FOUNDING MOTHER OF ILLINOIS PROFESSIONAL NURSING

Adda Eldredge, Founding Mother

The story of Adda Eldredge, Founding Mother of Illinois Professional Nursing does not include battlefields or the hospitals near them, like the stories of Florence Nightingale, Dorothea Dix or Mary Ann Bickerdyke.  Her work to professionalize nursing was in the political arena. Their success is astonishing when one considers for a moment that when she […]

Dorothea Dix: Superintendent of Civil War Nurses

Civil War Nurses

While the Founding Mother of professional nursing, Florence Nightingale, whose birthday is the midpoint of National Nurses Week, was laboring in the Crimean War and establishing her nursing school in London, trouble was brewing the United States. As in Britain, it would be war to move forward nursing as a profession. The recognition of nursing […]

The Founding Mother of the Nursing Profession: Florence Nightingale

National Nurses Week

The second week of May is National Nurses Week.  The week recognizes the contributions to the quality of our lives brought by those engaged in the caring and compassionate profession of nursing. Nursing was recognized as a profession in its own right due to the hard work of many women, aptly described as Founding Mothers. […]