50 Vintage Photos of Nurses Being Awesome

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Nurses have always been awesome since the beginning of time. Today, most of our nursing friends find inspiration from nurses in the past. Most of them have already left us, but these nurses will always remain remarkable in the hearts of the many people they had helped.

To pay tribute to those great nurses who helped shape our future, here are 50 vintage photos of nurses being awesome.

Note: Due to popular demand, we are reposting this article to share with all our new readers and subscribers. Enjoy these amazing vintage photos!

1. Flight nurse displays her wings at graduation (Francis Miller. 1951)

Flight nurse displays her wings at graduation
Via electronicsquid.tumblr.com

 

2. Vintage Nurses Photograph from 1898.

Vintage Nurses Photograph from 1898
Photo Credit: Vernon Dutton via Flickr

 

3. Vintage nurse (undated).

Vintage nurse
Photo Credit: rgc_cary via Flickr

Also Read: How to Be a Good Nurse – 10 Rules from the 1880’s

4. Nurses in training (1942).

Nurses in training vintage photo
Babies’ Hospital, New York. A graduate nurse (right) watches student Susan Petty prepare a hypodermic for a patient. Strict adherence to doctors’ orders is something every probationer must learn. Photo by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information.

 

5. Nurses wearing early Nursing uniforms.

Nurses wearing early Nursing uniforms
Found on ebay.com

 

6. Nurse with patient, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, 1956.

Nurse with patient, St. Louis Children's Hospital, 1956.
Via beckerimages.wustl.edu

 

7. WWII nurses in gas masks (1942). 

WWII photo of U.S. Army nurses getting trained to use of gas masks
WWII photo of U.S. Army nurses getting trained to use gas masks to prepare in case of chemical warfare attack. Photo Credit: Office of War Information.

 

8. Vintage nurses with babies.

Vintage nurses with babies
Found on old-picture.com

 

9. Nurse inside a WWII bomb shelter.

Nurse inside a WWII bomb shelter
Found on ananasamiami.com

 

10. Vintage scrub nurse.

Vintage scrub nurse
Via Pat Arnold

 

11. Vanderbilt nursing students aiding an elderly patient during hospital clinicals. 

Vanderbilt nursing students aiding an elderly patient during hospital clinicals
Found on nursing.vanderbilt.edu

 

12. Early 1900’s nursing uniforms.

early 1900's nursing uniforms
Found on nursinguniforms.net

 

13. Vintage photo of a wartime nurse.

Vintage photo of a wartime nurse
Photo Credit: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

 

14. Arriving U.S. Army Nurses are excitedly welcomed by nurses that had been internees at Santo Tomas for the past 3 years, Manila, Philippines, Feb. 1945

Arriving U.S. Army Nurses are excitedly welcomed by nurses that had been internees at Santo Tomas for the past 3 years, Manila, Philippines, Feb. 1945
Photo Credit: John T Pilot via Flickr.

 

15. Edwardian nurse poses with a new baby.

Edwardian nurse poses with a new baby.
Photo Credit: lovedaylemon via Flickr.

 

16. Vintage nurses wearing gas masks. 

Vintage nurses wearing gas masks.
Via marieaunet.blogspot.com

 

17. Vintage nurses having some bedpan humor.

Vintage nurses having some bedpan humor.
Photo Credit: Peter Maleczek via Flickr

 

18. Flight nurses of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron show their worn-out shoes after returning to Italy, 9 January 1944.

Flight nurses of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron show their worn-out shoes after returning to Italy, 9 January 1944.
Found on sarahsundin.blogspot.com

 

19. Vintage nurses working in a mental hospital, 1936.

Vintage nurses working in a mental hospital, 1936.
Found on opacity.us

 

20. Nurses gather around a Piano, circa 1940.

Nurses gather around a Piano, circa 1940
Found on mc.vanderbilt.edu

 

21. Vintage photo of a nurse with a premature baby.

Vintage photo of a nurse with a premature baby
Found on allposters.com

 

22. Vintage nurses in bicycles, 1914.

Vintage nurses in bicycles, 1914.
Found on janesoceania.com

 

23. Vintage nurses, circa 60’s to 70’s.

Vintage nurses, circa 60's to 70's.
Via Brenda Jowers.

 

24. Nurses assisting patients with iron lungs.

Nurses assisting patients with iron lungs.
Via Mary Jo Webb

 

25. Wartime nurses getting out of the boat.

Wartime nurses getting out of the boat.
Via Carolyn Johnson

 

26. Group of Red Cross Nurses in Uniforms, 1917.

Group of Red Cross Nurses in Uniforms, 1917
Found on ebay.com

 

27. Nurse asking a young patient to say “Ah!”

Nurse asking a young patient to open his mouth.
Found on bonanza.com

 

28. Vintage nurses and their young patients.

Vintage nurses and their young patients.
Photo Credit: roz leibowitz via Flickr

 

29. Happy nurses in a baby crib.

Happy nurses in a baby crib.
Photo Credit: Rita via Flickr.

 

30. U.S. Army nurses during WWI.

U.S. Army nurses during WWI
Photo Credit: Peer Into The Past via Flickr.

 

31. Vintage operating room nurses.

Vintage operating room nurses.
Photo Credit: Oklahoma Historical Society.

 

32. Anatomy class for nursing students at Lourdes Hospital, 1934.

Anatomy class for nursing students at Lourdes Hospital, 1934.
Daughter of Charity teaching anatomy to eight nursing students in a classroom with skeletons, posters and other teaching aids; L-R seated: Mary Curley, Elizabeth Dillon, Mary Golan; standing: Ruth Brazzee, Ann Rose, Mary Clune, Sr. Alphonsa McDermott, DC; Margaret Burnett, Margaret Hubal, Class of 1934. Photo Credit: Lourdes Hospital Archives.

 

33. Vintage Nurse’s Capping Ceremony.

Vintage Nurse's Capping Ceremony
Photo Credit: mixedmedia1965 via Flickr.

 

34. Vintage Nursing caps.

Vintage Nursing caps.
Found on emergiblog.com

 

35. Red Cross nurses playing football, 1939. 

Red Cross nurses playing football, 1939.
Found on the-seed-of-europe.tumblr.com

 

36. WWI nurse posing with a dog.

WWI nurse posing with a dog
Photo Credit: Libby Hall via Flickr.

 

37. WWI nurse posing with a dog, circa 1914-1918. 

WWI nurse posing with a dog, circa 1914-1918.
Found on old-photos.blogspot.com

 

38. Special Nursery Nurses Wearing Masks as They Bottle-Feed Fully Developed Premature Babies.

Special Nursery Nurses Wearing Masks as They Bottle-Feed Fully Developed Premature Babies
Found on allposters.com

 

39. Vintage Red Cross nurses.

Vintage Red Cross nurses.
Via Pinterest

 

40. Vintage Parachute Nurse, 1942.

Vintage Parachute Nurse, 1942.
Found on ebay.com

 

41. Vintage Sailor Nurses in High Heels.

Vintage Sailor Nurses in High Heels.
Found on etsy.com

 

42. V-J Day in Times Square, 1945.

V-J Day in Times Square, 1945
V-J Day in Times Square is a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays an American sailor kissing a young nurse in a white dress on V-J Day in Times Square on August 14, 1945.

 

43. Vintage nurses listening to a discussion.

Vintage nurses listening to a discussion.
Found on ffffound.com

 

44. Army Nurse Corps historical photo.

Army Nurse Corps historical photo
Photo Credit: Army Medicine via Flickr.

 

45. Sunbathing nurses stationed in the Pacific, 1940’s. 

Sunbathing nurses stationed in the Pacific, 1940's.
Via Pinterest

 

46. U.S. nurses walking along a beach in Normandy, France on July 4, 1944.

U.S. nurses walk along a beach in Normandy, France on July 4, 1944
U.S. nurses walk along a beach in Normandy, France on July 4, 1944, after they had waded through the surf from their landing craft. They are on their way to field hospitals to care for the wounded allied soldiers. (AP Photo)

 

47. Nurses up a ladder!

Nurses up a ladder!
Photo Credit: backmanmal via Flickr.

 

48. Nurses with the Garfield Hospital Christmas tree. Washington, D.C., 1921

Nurses with the Garfield Hospital Christmas tree. Washington, D.C., 1921
Found on shorpy.com

 

49. Vintage nurses drinking.

Vintage nurses drinking.
Via Pinterest

 

50. Vintage photo of a nurse with a baby, circa 1910s-20s.

Vintage photo of a nurse with a baby, circa 1910s-20s.
Found on ebay.com

 Also Read: 12 Badass Nurses in History You Probably Don’t Know

 

About the Author: Mary Elizabeth Velarmino Francisco earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Philippines. She is always happy to share her passion for writing and blogging. With coffee running through her veins, she enthusiastically battles each day, one article at a time.