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Men in Nursing - Historical
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.
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.
(Friar) Juan de Mena - First American Nurse
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.
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".
In American Nursing History
information was taken from Professional Nursing Practice, 4th ed. By Blais,
Hayes, Kozier & Erb.
Thursday May 20, 2010