John’s nurse, a rural community nurse, United States, ca. 1914 A hundred years ago, rural visiting nurses provided the only medical care available for some isolated communities. They travelled by whatever means possible to attend to the sick. Liberated from the restrictive hierarchies of hospital life, visiting and community nurses pioneered public health movements in both the United Kingdom and United States.
Lillian Wald founder of Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Proud to have worked there. A quote from the article:"Throughout her career, Wald never lost sight of the fact that the health of the community affected the health of the individual. In particular, she sought to improve the lives of women, children, and recent immigrants."