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The nurses that roared: nurses from history who found their voices and challenged the status quo

Attenborough, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-4018-8445, Reynolds, L. M. ORCID: 0000-0002-4288-3732 & Nolan, P. (2019). The nurses that roared: nurses from history who found their voices and challenged the status quo. Creative Nursing, 25(1), pp. 67-73. doi: 10.1891/1078-4535.25.1.67


In this article we explore how nurses from history challenged norms of nursing and society, and consider how they can influence and inspire nurses today. We discuss the role of nurses in the fight for women’s suffrage, campaigning for the vote and caring for women who suffered in their fight to achieve it, and present examples of outstanding bravery in the past and present day. The article contains examples of the bravery of some relatively unknown nurses in wartime, who also fought for equality and inclusion, and nurses who challenged the care of marginalised groups, campaigning for improved treatment, sometimes at great personal cost. Finally we consider the courage of present-day nurses. Drawing on the global campaign of “Nursing Now”, we suggest that learning from these exceptional nurses and acknowledging and highlighting their contribution can inspire us to strengthen and promote nursing and to empower women globally.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: ©Springer Publishing Company, 2018.
Publisher Keywords: Nurses in History; Feminism and Nurses; Empowerment; Inspirational Nurses
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management > Food Policy
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