Nurses have always been awesome since the beginning of time. The nursing profession has developed throughout history, seeing a transformation in practice, types of caregivers, roles, and policy changes, but nursing remains a profession of caring and service to those in need. Many notable nurses have worked to revolutionize this career and have allowed nursing to evolve while simultaneously providing better care and circumstances in many situations.

Enjoy these photos of nurses from days gone by and draw inspiration from their efforts with none of the resources available to the medical profession today.
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  1. Babies’ Hospital, New York. A graduate nurse (right) watches student Susan Petty prepare a hypodermic for a patient. Strict adherence to doctors’ orders is something every probationer must learn. Photo by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information.


2. Nurses wearing early nurses’ uniforms.

3. Nurse with patient, St. Louis’ Children’s Hospital, 1956. (Via

4. Nurse inside a WW11 bomb shelter. (

5. Early 1900’s nursing uniforms. (

6. Arriving U.S. Army Nurses are excitedly welcomed by nurses that had been internees at Santo Tomas for the past 3 years, Manila, Philippines, Feb. 1945. (John T Pilot via Flickr.)

7. Edwardian nurse poses with a new baby. (lovedaylemon via Flickr.)


8. Vintage nurses wearing gas marks. (

9. Vintage nurses having some fun with bedpans. (Peter Maleczek via Flickr)

10. Flight nurses of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron show their worn-out shoes after returning to Italy, 9 January 1944. (

11. Vintage nurses in a mental hospital, 1936. (opacity.u.s.)

12. Vintage nurses on bicycles, 1916. (


13. Nurses assisting patients with iron lungs. (Mary Jo Webb)

14. Wartime nurses getting out of the boat. (Carolyn Johnson)

15. Group of Red Cross nurses in uniforms, 1917. (

16. Operating room nurses. (Oklahoma Historical Society.)

17. Anatomy class for nursing students at Lourdes Hospital, 1934.

Daughter of Charity teaching anatomy to eight nursing students in a classroom with skeletons, posters and other teaching aids; L-R seated: Mary Curley, Elizabeth Dillon, Mary Golan; standing: Ruth Brazzee, Ann Rose, Mary Clune, Sr. Alphonsa McDermott, DC; Margaret Burnett, Margaret Hubal, Class of 1934. Photo Credit: Lourdes Hospital Archives.

18. Nurses’ capping ceremony. (mixedmedia1965 via Flickr)

19. WWI nurse posing with a dog, circa 1914-1918. (

20. V-J Day in Times Square, 1945. 

V-J Day in Times Square is a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays an American sailor kissing a young nurse in a white dress on V-J Day in Times Square on August 14, 1945.

21. U.S. nurses walking along a beach in Normandy, France on July 4, 1944.

U.S. nurses walk along a beach in Normandy, France on July 4, 1944, after they had waded through the surf from their landing craft. They are on their way to field hospitals to care for the wounded allied soldiers. (AP Photo)

22. Vintage nurses listen to a lecture. (

23.  Vintage Parachute Nurse, 1942. (

24. Red Cross nurses playing football, 1939. (


25. World War 2 nurses in gas masks.

WWII photo of U.S. Army nurses getting trained to use gas masks to prepare in case of chemical warfare attack. Photo Credit: Office of War Information.

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