Linda Richards 's Role For The Growth Of Nursing As A Profession

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Malinda Ann Judson Richards also known as Linda Richards was a strong innovated nurse who helped in the growth of nursing as a profession. During the 1800s nursing did not have training that was as in-depth as it is today it was the time of informal nursing. Even with the limited education Linda was able to take from her experiences and make it better for future nurses to come. Due to her past experiences and what little resources they had during this time she was still able to make a difference in the nursing profession this is why I chose her as my nursing leader.
Linda Richard was an exceptional nurse even though her reasons of wanting to join the profession were not. She was born in 1841 and was the youngest of three kids. She unfortunately had to grow up in a time where tuberculosis was prevalent, but due to this circumstance she gained training that would later help her in her nursing career. Her father died from tuberculosis and soon after her mother contracted the disease. Linda gained training from helping the physician, who was giving her mother the treatment she needed but, shortly after her mom died. Later on Linda then helped take care of her fiancé after being wounded in the Civil War, he later died due to his injuries (Petiprin, 2015). The loss of both her mother and fiancé after taking care of them fueled the fire for her to become a nurse.
Nurses training was not the same back then as it is now, nurses got trained in hospitals and thought to be competent…

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