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Catholic Orders' Influence on Nursing: 1900-1920

Villa, Julie

Journal of Christian Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3182479761
Feature: research

Abstract: Doing God's work through vocation and caring for the less fortunate has been a long-time focus of the Catholic faith. In the early 20th century Catholic orders of nuns made major contributions to nursing education and clinical practice. This historical research article illustrates the sisters' vast influence on nursing as they introduced spirituality into quality patient care.

In Brief

The history of Catholic sisters' influence on nursing is rich and encouraging. Discover how nuns impacted practice and education, incorporating spirituality into both as they expressed their vocation of care for the sick and injured.

Author Information

Julie Villa, BSN, RN, CCRN, is the Clinical Director of a 36-bed medical/surgical unit in a teaching hospital in New Jersey. She is a Roman Catholic Eucharistic Minister and is pursuing a master's degree in nursing.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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