Mary Adelaide Nutting

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Mary Adelaide Nutting (November 1, 1858 – October 3, 1948) was an American educator, administrator, and author in the field of nursing. She is considered the world's first Professor of Nursing.


Mary Adelaide Nutting graduated from the first class of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1891.


In 1893, Nutting, with the assistance of Lavinia Dock and Isabel Hampton Robb, founded the American Society of superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses of the United States and Canada, a precursor to the current National League for Nursing.

In 1907 Mary Adelaide Nutting joined the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University and became the world's first professor of nursing. Nutting led the Department of Nursing and Health at Teachers College from 1910 until her retirement in 1925.[1]


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