Linda Richards (1841 – 1930)

Inspiration for Activism!

  • First student to enroll in the first nurse training school at the New England Hospital for Women and Children in 1872; graduated in 1873 (6 years before Mary E. Mahoney).
  • As night superintendent in the Bellevue Hospital Training School in New York, she created the first system for charting and maintaining medical records – a model that was widely adopted in the United States and England.
  • Eager to expand her nursing knowledge, she went to England to study at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, where she met Florence Nightingale.
  • First president of the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools in 1894.
  • Established the first nurse training program in Japan in 1885 and supervised the school at the Doshisha Hospital in Kyoto for five years.
  • Her commitment to the education (not the training) of nurses became the foundation for the development of modern nursing education.

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