Updated: Mar 8, 2022
March 8th we celebrate International Women's Day. This is a day dedicated to the strength, resilience, and intelligence of women throughout the world. There have been several women who have led the way for those of us in healthcare.
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
In nursing school the first pioneer I remember learning about in was Florence Nightingale. Nightingale is known as the founder of modern nursing. She was the first to formalize nursing education, and opened the first scientifically based nursing school - the Nightingale School of Nursing. During the Crimean war she improved sanitary conditions so much that the mortality rate dropped from around 40% to just 2%. International Nurses Day is observed annually on May 12 which is her birthday and celebrates the important role of nurses in health care. (1)
Elizabeth Blackwell, MD (1821-1910)
It maybe hard to believe now, but in the mid 1800's it was almost impossible for a woman to get into medical school. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree. Originally born in England, Blackwell moved to the United States when she was 11. Dr. Blackwell faced years of discrimination and hard work to get into school. However, in the end she graduated 1st in her class from Geneva Medical College in New York in 1849. Before returning to London Dr. Blackwell opened New York Infirmary for Women and Children. Dr. Blackwell also helped train nurses for the Union hospitals during the Civil War. (2)
Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD (1831-1895)
Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in the United States. As a child Crumpler helped her aunt care for sick neighbors, she then became a nurse in the early 1850s. Crumpler was accepted into The New England Female Medical College in 1860. Dr. Crumpler graduated in 1864 as the first female African American doctor. Dr. Crumpler published "A Book of Medical Discourses" in 1883 which was the first medical publication written by an African American. (3)(4)
Susan La Flesche Picotte, MD (1865-1915)
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte was the first American Indian woman in the United states to earn a medical degree. Dr. Picotte served her communities and over 1,300 people spread out by approximately 450 miles. Dr. Picotte provided medical care at all hours of the day and night. Dr. Picotte opened a hospital in the reservation town of Walthill, Nabraska. The hospital is now a museum dedicated to the work of Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte and the history of the Omaha and Winnebago tribes. (5)
Mary Edwards Walker, MD (1832-1919)
The only woman to ever receive the Presidential Medal of Honor was Dr. Mary Edwards Walker. Dr. Walker had trained as a doctor before the Civil War, but had to fight hard for her role as an Army Surgeon. At first, the Union Army would not let Dr. Walker work a surgeon, she had to volunteer as a nurse. Eventually, she was approved to work as a surgeon, and became the first female U.S. Army Surgeon. She often crossed lines to treat anyone that needed care, because of this the Confederate soldiers took her as a prisoner of war. She was a woman's right advocate and an abolitionist, and a true pioneer for women in healthcare. (6)
We are grateful for these pioneers in health care that have led the way for us to be able to care for our patients. On International Woman's Day we would also like to recognize our full time woman providers that care for our patients on a daily basis.
Alisha Everett, MSN, APRN, FNP
Alisha Everett is a Family Nurse Practitioner with Quick Visit now. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in 2011. She started her career in medicine as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. In 2016 she graduated with her Masters in Science with a focus in Family Nurse Practitioner. Since then she has worked as a nurse practitioner in urgent care and pediatrics. She has been with Quick Visit Now since opening in April of 2020, and also works in our Quick Visit Urgent Care clinics part time. She enjoys providing the same quality care she would expect her family to receive. In her free time she loves spending time with her husband Chris, and their 3 greatest gifts her children Grayson, Gannon, and Adaline.
Kimberly Catlin, MSN, APRN, FNP
Kimberly Catlin is a Family Nurse Practitioner with Quick Visit Now. After serving in the US Marine Corps, she went to UT Tyler for her undergraduate degree, while going through the program she worked as an LVN. Upon completion of her BSN in 2006 she worked in the Emergency Room and ICU as a registered nurse. In 2011 she graduated with her Masters in Nursing and obtained her Nurse Practitioner license. She spent the next 10 years working family practice, internal medicine, pulmonary, sleep and critical care. In April of 2020, she started with Quick Visit Urgent Care in Henderson, Texas. She moved full-time to Quick Visit Now as a virtual medicine provider in November 2020. She was promoted to management and Quick Visit Now Coordinator in October 2021. With her years of experience, she enjoys providing evidenced based practice to all ages.
Emma Black, MSN, APRN, FNP
Emma Black is a Family Nurse Practitioner with Quick Visit Now. She graduated in 2016 from University of Alabama in Huntsville with her undergraduate degree. After graduating with her undergraduate degree in 2016 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville she worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Room. In 2018 she graduated from University of Alabama in Huntsville with her Masters in Nursing and obtained her Nurse Practitioner license. She worked in the emergency room and urgent care until she started with Quick Visit Now in 2021. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors with her kids and husband.
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