Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Thank You Clara Barton!

Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross on this day in 1881.  When she was ten-years-old, her brother fell off the roof and was badly injured.  She took over as his nurse and cared for him for two years.  In 1839 she became a teacher and in 1954 she worked at the US Patent Office in Washington D. C.  In 1861, war was breaking out and she nursed wounded soldiers that had been attacked by Confederate sympathizers.  After reading the reports after the Battle of Bull Run, she realized the Army had not provided for wounded soldiers.  So, she began to ride along in ambulances and provided aid and comfort to the wounded on the front lines.  After the war, she visited Switzerland and learned about the International Red Cross.  When she returned to the states,  she pressed the government to create a national branch of the Red Cross.  The American Red Cross was officially incorporated on this day, with Clara Barton as its president. 

"I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them."
Clara Barton

Try some of the following books and re-open your eyes to the sacrifice and dedication of those in the nursing profession.  Or find some nurses that you hope you'll never encounter--in a hospital or a dark alley.

Never Change by Elizabeth Berg
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards--see the movie too.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldan
Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway--see the movie too.
The World According to Garp by John Irving--see the movie too.
The Bungalow by Sarah Jio
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey--see the movie too.
Misery by Stephen King--see the movie too.
An Indecent Obsession by Colleen McCullough
Atonement by Ian McEwan--see the movie too.
Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon
The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses...by Elizabeth M. Norman
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje--see the movie too.
Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom
The Pain Nurse by Jon Talton
A Question of Honor by Charles Todd
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Some other TV shows and movies:

China Beach
E. R.
Nurse Jackie
Paradise Road
Pearl Harbor

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