In Praise of Nurses

I don’t know about you, but at the moment my grasp of my calendar is shaky. I’m over scheduling myself for Zoom events, in part because my May calendar has all the now scheduled stuff on it as well as my virtual stuff. I missed Independent Book Store Day, the last Saturday of April, which I normally push HARD.  Now I’m slipping in under the wire to run a post for National Nurses Week, a celebration that runs each year from May 6 through May 12* here in the United States. Under other circumstances I might have decided to wait until next May, but at the moment I feel we need to celebrate nurses more than ever.

In honor of the men and women who are on the front line of patient care in corona virus wards around the world, here are links to some of my favorite posts about nurses over the last few years:

Florence Nightingale Does the Math

Amy Morris Bradley: Civil War Shin-Kicker

Cornelia Hancock: Civil War Nurse, Reformer, Muse

Edith Cavell: “Patriotism is Not Enough”

Nurses in the Vietnam War: A Guest Post by Lynn Kanter


To the nurses I know, and the nurses I don’t: thank you for a hard job well done.


* Florence Nightingale’s birthday

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