Segments in this Video

Introduction: History of Nursing: Development of Nursing in the United States (00:59)


The nursing profession's prestige is a result of thousands of dedicated nurses working tirelessly. This video will highlight the progression of U.S. nursing practices.

Colonial Times (02:02)

Medical care reflected traditional English practices and was based on superstition or crude experiments. Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond established the Pennsylvania Hospital; Eastern State Hospital opened in 1773.

Developing Nation (03:34)

"Camp followers" accompanied soldiers. Gen. Horatio Gates secured food rations and wages to encourage volunteer nurses. Gen. George Washington mandated variolation to prevent small pox; Dr. Edward Jenner created a vaccine. Florence Nightingale advanced nursing practices; formal training began in 1862.

Civil War Era (02:21)

More soldiers died from disease than battle. Dorothea Dix founded a women’s nursing corps and mental health institutions. Nuns became nurses in field hospitals. Clara Barton rose to prominence and became the first woman to manage a U.S. government bureau.

Nursing Education (05:58)

The American Medical Association encouraged nurse training programs. Linda Richards became the first professionally trained nurse and Mary Eliza Mahoney became the first certified African-American nurse. Other prominent women included Isabel Hampton Robb, Lillian Wald, and Margaret Sanger. Diagnostic inventions advanced nursing practices.

Military Service (07:08)

The surgeon general worked to contract nurses during the Spanish-American War. Nursing numbers increased during WWI; nurses treated patients during the Spanish Flu epidemic. Over 78,000 nurses served in the Armed Forces during WWII. Thousands of nurses served in the Korean War and Vietnam War.

Nursing Licensure (01:41)

Establishing standards became necessary for the nursing profession. The American Nurses Association mandated four years of study and a baccalaureate degree. Graduates must pass a computerized exam to obtain a license.

Specialization (04:41)

Over 4 million nurses and midwives practice in the U.S. Learn the 21 areas of nursing specialization. The development of the nursing profession has evolved.

Credits: History of Nursing: Development of Nursing in the United States (00:43)

Credits: History of Nursing: Development of Nursing in the United States

For additional digital leasing and purchase options contact a media consultant at 800-257-5126
(press option 3) or

History of Nursing: Development of Nursing in the United States

Part of the Series : History of Nursing
DVD (Chaptered) Price: $169.95
DVD + 3-Year Streaming Price: $254.93
3-Year Streaming Price: $169.95



Development of healthcare, hospitals and nursing in the United States from colonial times, through the American Revolution, the Civil War, industrialization, the two World Wars to the current state of being a most respected profession. Milestones are presented through the lives of key individuals including: Florence Nightingale, Dorthea Dix, Clara Barton, Linda Richards, Mary Eliza Mahoney, Lillian Wald and Margaret Sanger. The evolution of professional nursing education leading to certification, licensing and 21 areas of nursing specialization in today’s healthcare environment.

Length: 30 minutes

Item#: BVL276587

ISBN: 978-1-63722-915-6

Copyright date: ©2022

Closed Captioned

Performance Rights

Prices include public performance rights.

Not available to Home Video and Publisher customers.