Skip to content

#125 – Lillian Wald

#125 – Lillian Wald published on No Comments on #125 – Lillian Wald

Lillian D. Wald was an American nurse, a founder of American Community Nursing1https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-american-studies/article/abs/healthy-heroines-sue-barton-lillian-wald-lavinia-lloyd-dock-and-the-henry-street-settlement/7BA7773043293882FEEA4E62E32EF2B0, and founder of the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, while also being an early advocate of having nurses in public schools.

By 1893, she left medical school and started to teach a home class on nursing for poor immigrant families on New York City’s Lower East Side at the Hebrew Technical School for Girls. Shortly thereafter, she began to care for sick Lower East Side residents as a visiting nurse. Around this time, she coined the term “public health nurse” to describe nurses whose work is integrated into public community.”2https://jwa.org/womenofvalor/wald

Wald advocated for nursing in public schools. Her ideas led the New York Board of Health to organize the first public nursing system in the world. She was the first president of the National Organization for Public Health Nursing. She was the first president of the National Organization for Public Health Nursing.