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The life of Emily L. Loveridge reflects the context of the times in which she practiced as a nurse and assumed leadership roles as a superintendent of nurses and subsequently a hospital superintendent. Over the course of her remarkable 40-year career, she would begin the first training program for nurses in the Northwest and shepherd a foundling hospital from a wooden structure housing 50 patients to a brick structure of over 330 beds. She would also advance the professionalization of nursing while contributing significantly to a variety of professional organizations.

As an 1889 graduate of Bellevue Hospital in New York City, she journeyed to Portland, Oregon in 1890 upon the request of her father, an Episcopal minister. He called upon her to come to Good Samaritan Hospital, an institution founded by the Episcopal Diocese, to initiate a training program for nursing students.

Immediately upon her arrival, she assumed the position of superintendent of nurses, which included implementing and providing oversight of a training program for nursing students, supervising nursing staff, as well as practicing as a staff nurse and operating room supervisor. Over the ensuing years, she would become the superintendent of Good Samaritan Hospital and hold this position for 25 years. By the time she retired in 1930, the hospital had been shepherded through significant periods of change and growth and had become a thriving institution. More than 800 students had graduated from its nursing program.

Emily Loveridge imbued characteristics common to nurse leaders of her time: tenacity, creativity, and perseverance. She also modeled caring as a way of being throughout her professional and personal life.

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This article is an unpublished manuscript.

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Pamela Wheeler
Emily Lemoine Loveridge (1860-1941): Pioneer and Leader in Nursing [Unpublished manuscript].
Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing, Linfield University, 2022, 26 pages

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