Florence Merriam Johnson was born in Montclair, New Jersey back in 1876 to Charles and Henrietta. She graduated from Smith College in 1897, she completed training at the New York Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1908. After graduation, she ran the dispensary at Cornett University. She also taught at Teachers College, Columbia University.
She directed the social service department at Harlem Hospital. She became director of the Department of Nursing, Atlantic Division, American Red Cross in 1917, during WWI. She was responsible for equipment and over 10,000 Army, Navy and Red Cross nursing personnel between embarkation and debarkation. During WWII she ran the nurse recruiting program. She died in 1954, she was 77.
What you may not know about Florence is that she was one of the first six American recipients of the Florence Nightingale Medal by the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1920.
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