Ms. Lavinia Lloyd Dock
Ms. Lavinia Lloyd Dock was born February 26, 1858 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She was one of the six children of the wealthy Mr.Gilliard Dock. Mr.Lavinia Dock encouraged each of his children to attend school. At the age of 18, Ms.Lavinia Dock lost her mother and, with the help of her older sister, played a major role in the caregiving and raising of her younger siblings (Sicherman, B., & Green, C. H. (1980)). This was the beginning of a long future of care giving for Ms. Lavinia Lloyd Dock.
. In accordance with her fathers wishes, Ms. Lavinia Dock attended conventional school at an all girls academy in Harrisburg. Upon completion of the all girls academy in ...view middle of the document...
Despite the fact that Material Medica for Nurses (1890 is a huge contribution in itself, Ms.Lavinia Docks involvement in the progression of nursing did not end here. According to The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography,
“…she strove not only to improve the health of the poor but also to improve the profession of nursing through her teaching, lecturing, and writing. She played a major role as a contributing editor to the American Journal of Nursing, and she linked American nurses' goals to similar efforts in England. She also did most of the work for A History of Nursing…”
Mrs.Lavinia Dock was also one of the founders of the first state, national and international nursing organizations. She was also a very involved campaigner of legislation proposals to standardize nursing. Ms. Dock was furthermore a supporter for separating the degrees of authority among medical personnel to prevent nurses and their skills from being treated and used incorrectly by physicians and other medical personnel (Bowman). Ms. Lavinia Lloyd Dock retired from the field of nursing at the age of 50. Her dedication to the advancement of the field however, did not stop then. She Dedicated her time to causes such as the improved working conditions of nurses, birth control, and women’s right to vote. Soe say that Ms. Lavinia Dock’s greatest contribution to the nursing field was her stand for the rights of women and women’s...