M. G. Openshaw. ‘Dougherty, Ellen’, Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1993, updated March, 2006.
With the millions of registered nurses in the world today, it’s hard to imagine a time when the official regulation of the nursing industry was only a mere concept. By the early 1900’s, however, Ellen Dougherty would change the face of that notion and become the first ever-recorded registered nurse in the world.
Through hardship and dedication to the industry, Dougherty was one of the top-most achieving nurses throughout our history. Let’s take a look at how she was able to achieve such a huge feat within the world of nursing.