The History Of Nurse Anesthesia

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The history of nurse anesthesia cannot be accurately studied without a thorough analysis of the pioneer and transformational leader, Alice Magaw. Charles Mayo called her the Mother of Anesthesia for many good reasons (CRNA Profiles, n.d.). It is worthy of the student anesthetist’s time to study the life, education, employment, leadership, publications, and legacy of Alice Magaw. Alice Magaw’s Biographical Information In 1860, Alice Magaw was born in Ohio (Nelson & Wilstead, 2009). For the majority of Magaw’s childhood, she lived in Michigan with her brothers and sisters (Nelson & Wilstead, 2009). Magaw’s father was in the grocery business and one of his sons followed in his footsteps in this way (Thatcher, 1953). Magaw was 22 years old when the family moved to Rochester, Minnesota (Nelson & Wilstead, 2009). The move was their last together before some of Magaw’s siblings began leaving home and Magaw’s mother died (Nelson & Wilstead, 2009). Magaw died in Hudson, Wisconsin from complications related to diabetes at the age of 68 (CRNA Profiles, n.d.; Nelson & Wilstead, 2009). Magaw’s Education Magaw and her friend, Edith Graham, attended a two-year nursing program and graduated in 1889 from the Women’s Hospital of Chicago school of nursing (Nelson & Wilstead, 2009). Some have reported that she was trained in the use of a microscope to examine pathogens while in nursing school (Thatcher, 1953), but others have written that she returned to school for this
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