By Jamie Davis, 7-10-13
Sisters’ Care Renowned Among Union Generals
The nuns of the Daughters of Charity, Sisters of Mercy and other orders were much sought after by Union generals and federal officials during the civil war for their nursing knowledge and hospital administration skills. According to the article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the nuns had been acting as nurses for hundreds of years. Over that time, they had developed best practices that included cleanliness and increased food quality. This was well before there was widespread understanding of germ theory or nutrition.
These nursing nuns were active on and near the battlefields on both sides of the conflict. They provided holistic care as we see it today, providing both traditional nursing care, as well as spiritual support, helping to write letters home and preparing healthy meals and serving them to the wounded.
Nurses Early Hospital Administrators
They also administered numerous hospitals, from the set up of the facilities, to their long term, day to day operations.
Image: Courtesy, Sisters of Mercy, Baltimore