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Men in Nursing - Historical

  • John Ciudad (1495 -1550) founded the order of the brothers of St. John of God or the Brothers of Mercy in (1538). He opened a hospital in Grenada and asked a group of friends to assist in providing care to the mentally ill, homeless, crippled, derelicts, and abandoned children. Men of this order also visited the sick in their homes.

  • St. Camillus de Lellis (1550 -1614) founded the Nursing Order of Ministers of the sick. Men of this order cared for the dying, people stricken with the plague, and alcoholics. St. Camillus opened a hospital for alcoholics in Germany.

  • Fray (Friar) Juan de Mena - First American Nurse

  • James Derham was an African American man who worked as a nurse in New Orleans in 1783. He was able to save enough money to but his freedom from slavery. He went on to become the first African American physician in the United States.

  • Walt Whitman (1819-1892), poet and writer, served as a volunteer hospital nurse in Washington, DC during the Civil War. He recorded his experiences in a collection of poems called "DRUMTAPS" and in his diary, "SPECIMEN DAYS and COLLECT".

  • Men In American Nursing History - This information was taken from Professional Nursing Practice, 4th ed. By Blais, Hayes, Kozier & Erb.

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