Annie Goodrich was born in Brunswick, New Jersey. She lived from1866 to 1954; she believed that the medical profession and the nursing profession were equal and independent but interdependent. During her time nurses were trained in hospitals schools of nursing. She was later appointed to be head nurse who guided fresh students in the wards. After graduating in 1893, she left to become superintendent of nurses at New York postgraduate hospital.
Goodrich's father was a representative of the equitable life insurance company and her mother was a daughter of psychiatry. John Butler, father to Anne Goodrich's mother was the founder of an institution of the mentally ill. Anne Goodrich was educated by governesses until she was twelve years. Later when she finished her education, her father suffered financial constrains and he was ill. Anne Goodwill had to take care of her father, at this time he gained practical experience in nursing her grandparents and her father. This resulted to her desire to become a nurse; she enrolled in the N.Y hospital training school for nurses.
Anne Goodrich did not join nursing due to her passion in it but the need to support herself. As a result to lack of an alternative during her time, she attended N.Y hospital training school where she worked and attended lectures on clinical units. Nonetheless, her family background contributed to her choice in career, considering that the grandparent was in the health industry. The fact that she nurtured her father when he was ill could be a contributing factor.
Although she did join nursing due to the love of the career, Annie had a passion to serve the community; this was noticeable by how she served as a visiting nurse service of the Henry Street settlement in N.Y and taught at the same time at Columbia before she moved to Yale. Goodrich's interagency, acquired skills, and social background facilitated her recruitment after graduation as the hospital training administrator, later she become the superintendent of nurses in New York Hospital and post-graduate hospital. Her main objective as head was to expand the nursing curriculum, improve clinical experience and improve the requirement for entering students so as to raise the professional standards.
Goodrich mentors influenced her career path in the health sector. She was influenced by Nutting's ideas and beliefs on nursing education. Nutting was the first American to nurse to trigger the need of independence in nursing schools. Besides that, Nutting was a founder of course hospital economics and a director of the Department of Nursing and Health at Teachers College, drew Goodrich into the movement well known as the thought, studies, vision, and agitation fort the nurses.
Goodrich career path was influenced by her caring and gentle heart. when she was the director of the Henry street visiting Nurses Service she took a social responsibility of providing health care to the poor in New York. Later on during the world war she convinced the military to use trained nurses overseas instead of volunteers, she then sets up training schools to provide nursing care to the military. Through Annie's efforts a n Armey school was started and she was the dean.
Students enter nursing with a limited perspective of what the nursing profession can offer. They take it as a means of acquiring happiness in the provision of care to the patients. Annie Goodrich was brilliant and witty and these qualities made her a great leader who influenced the nursing profession in the twentieth-century.
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