Our list of the most influential women in nursing in the past 10 years highlights the diverse ways that women have made a difference in the healthcare field. Whether through research, driving policy change, or serving as a practicing nurse, these women have improved the lives of countless patients through their work.
The past ten years have seen incredible innovation and progress in healthcare led by the 91% of nurses who identify as female. Nurses provide services extending far beyond patient care, offering patient education, driving progress for public health, and advocating for the needs of those in their care.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people worldwide realized the import role that nurses play, and showed their appreciation by making signs and offering encouragement to healthcare professionals. While nurses report feeling more appreciated by society, they are feeling less appreciated by patients, leading to higher levels of stress and anxiety. The American Nursing Association anticipates a shortage of over 100,000 nurses per year beginning in 2022, so encouraging and supporting young nurses is more important than ever.
Nursing has a long history of opening doors for women and providing them with career opportunities at a time when women were rare in the workplace. Despite this track record of openness, in 2011 female nurses were paid an average of $9,600 less than their male counterparts.