South Africa became the first country in the world to make legal provision for the curriculum for nurses and midwives, approval of training schools, as well as standardized examinations for entry into the register.
Nursing has come a very, very long way in the past century. However, some of the challenges highlighted by nurse leaders in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, still face the profession a century later even though their exact nature might be somewhat different.
Anna May Hays started her career in the US Army as a frontline nurse in WWII. She is the first female general in the US army. As a forward-looking leader, she steered the ANC through an era of rapid modernization and used her influence to improve service conditions for all women in the armed forces.