The First Registered Nurse In The United States: Josephine (Bradham) Burton

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Phoebe Ann Pollitt PhD, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: For over a hundred years the story and even the name of the first registered nurse (RN) in the United States has been inaccurately reported and shrouded in mystery. Nurse Mary Rose Batterham went to her grave in 1927, 24 years after she registered her nursing credentials with the Buncombe County Clerk of Court, mistakenly believing and widely honored as the first RN in the United States. Meanwhile Josephine (Bradham) Burton, who was most likely truly the nation’s first registered nurse, probably never knew she deserved that accolade.

Additional Information

Pollitt, P.A. (2012). "The First Registered Nurse in the United States: Josephine (Bradham) Burton," American Association for the History of Nursing Bulletin. Fall 2012, No. 106, 11-12. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2012
Josephine (Bradham) Burton, Mary Rose Batterham, Nursing, Nursing History, Registered Nurse

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