A Look Back at the History of Nursing

The field of nursing has been one of the most famous, and most important, in the medical field. The origins of nursing can be traced back to the 15th Century, when Catholic monks were given the responsibilities of caring for the sick. Other original nursing practitioners were nuns and military personnel.

However, the field of nursing became organized and formal training was started through the efforts of Florence Nightingale who cared for wounded during the Crimean War. Soon other pioneers of the nursing world began to set up nursing schools and programs which led to today’s nurses. Through the efforts of Linda Richards, Mary Seacole, Agnes Jones and Nightingale, nursing has evolved into a noble profession that is practiced by millions of nurses worldwide.

To understand the roots of nursing, we have gathered a collection of resources:

Nursing Origins

Military Nursing

African American Nurses

Men in Nursing