Doctors and nurses hold such vital roles in our communities. Many of them, over the years, has gained notoriety for achievements and breakthroughs in their field. If your children are interested in the medical field, these free worksheets about famous doctors and nurses will help you encourage their interests.
I was a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy many moons ago. It is like a medic in the Army. We had a lot of permissions within the Navy, like doing IV fluids/meds, taking blood, giving meds, assisting in surgeries, and more.
I thought maybe I would become a nurse after leaving the service. However, while serving in the medical field, I understood I wasn’t cut out for it.
I saw some intense situations I just couldn’t hack it – I knew I respected the medical staff who had chosen to provide healthcare for people daily.
Being a doctor or a nurse is not for the faint at heart. It takes strength, durability, passion, and unique caring for others.
In these challenging times, our countries are in, now more than ever, we understand the importance of the nurse and doctor roles who are hard at work day and night.
Teaching kids about doctors and nurses.
It is beneficial to teach your kids all about what doctors and nurses do. Below are a couple of resources to help your little ones learn all about what doctors and nurses do:
Doctor, Nurse and Health Crafts and Learning Activities | Danielle’s Place
Doctor and Nurses Preschool Pack | Homeschool Creations
Why study prominent doctors and nurses?
Perhaps the best way to explore the medical field is by teaching older kids about famous doctors and nurses who have paved the way for the doctors and nurses today.
Many of the medical advancements began from a doctor or nurse who figured washing hands would prevent a great manner of illness or engineered drug treatments for diseases like malaria or leukemia. Many of us wouldn’t be here today had it not been for their accomplishments.
Grab these resources and free worksheets about famous doctors and nurses to teach your kids of heroes in the medicine:
Famous doctor resources:
I had to begin with Hippocrates, who is considered the father of modern medicine. He was originally from Greece. Many may be familiar with the Hippocratic Oath, a document indicating an ethical basis to follow in medical practice as a whole.
The Hippocratic doctrine included observation and deduction for medical conclusions and procedures. It promoted patient improvements like using clean water and even wine for the cleansing of wounds.
If you can imagine this concept just being introduced and where we are without it for just a moment, he introduced the idea of “rest” being a part of medical treatment. Hippocrates was also the first physician to label diseases as being acute, chronic, or epidemic. Terms we need and use today.
Famous Greeks – Hippocrates | Bill Burton
Ancient Greece Historical Figure Cards (Hippocrates) | Research Planet
Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Dr. Kübler-Ross revolutionized the way the medical community took an approach to terminally-ill patients and end-of-life care for patients and the family.
She established what we know today to be the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.
What’s also interesting to note with her is that her dad forbade her to become a doctor. She served as a hospital volunteer during World War II and after the war ended in 1951 enrolled in medical school.
Hamlet Grief Study FREE | AP Lit and More – Literature and Writing Resources
Grief Activity FREE: Helping Students Cope with Grief and Tragedy | Mrs S’s Health and PE Resources
Dr. Joseph Lister
Sir Joseph Lister used aseptic practices, which included disinfection of operating rooms, clothing, instruments, and surgeon hands between surgeries. Yes, someone had to say – “Let’s wash our hands before the next surgery.” It saved lives. His aseptic techniques are still used today, thank the Lord.
Joseph Lister, his Life and Work Article | JSTOR.org
FREE Worksheet – Joseph Lister | Education.com
Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Carson is serving as U.S. Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development (HUD; 2017– ) in the administration of Pres. Donald Trump. Besides this and being a presidential candidate in 2016, he had a fantastic film made around his medical journey, Helping Hands.
Raised by a single mom, this neurosurgeon is worth celebrating. He performed the very first successful separation of conjoined twins in 1987, taking 22 hours and involving a 70-member surgical team. The twins were attached at the back of the head (occipital craniopagus twins).
Dr. Carson also refined a technique known as hemispherectomy (This is when one-half of the brain is removed to prevent seizures in persons with severe epilepsy.)
Dr. Ben Carson coloring page | Supercoloring.com
FREE Dr. Ben Carson Notebooking Pages | Mama Jenn
Dr. Robert Koch
A German physician, Dr. Robert Koch, was instrumental in establishing today’s modern-day knowledge of bacteriology. He developed a method for identifying bacterial diseases like cholera and anthrax.
He received a Nobel Prize in Medicine (1905) for his research in tuberculosis.
FREE Koch FREE PDF Development of Germ Theory | Teach It History
Robert Koch and Germ Theory FREE Crossword | WordMint.com
Dr. Jane C. Wright
Dr. Wright is one of the most famous black women in medicine. Some of her accomplishments was developing a breakthrough in cancer treatments in the 1940s – chemotherapy.
Her cancer research through the scientific method revolutionized cancer treatment during a time when females, especially black women, were not regarded well in scientific fields.
Scientific Method Woman Scientist Biography Text and Worksheet J. Wright | Flying Colors Science
The Scientific Method for Kids: How To Use This FREE Printable | Early Learning Ideas
Teaching the Scientific Method & a FREE Printable | Feels Like Home
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell
Dr. Blackwell was the first woman in America to receive her medical degree and even opened her own medical college for women in New York City.
FREE Everyday Edit Elizabeth Blackwell Worksheet | Education World
Elizabeth Blackwell Reading FREE Passage and Timeline | Deep in the Heart to Teach
FREE Elizabeth Blackwell Activities | Steven’s Social Studies
Famous nurse resources:
A trailblazing champion for policies around proper medical care, nurse Florence Nightingale, was known as the “Lady with the Lamp.”
She pursued what she felt was her God-given calling to be a nurse. Alongside her team of nurses, she improved the unsanitary conditions of a British base hospital during the Crimean War, which significantly reduced the death count.
Her writings sparked a flame in worldwide health care reform and conditions.
Florence Nightingale FREE Resources | Primary Treasure Chest
FREE Florence Nightingale Notebooking Pages | Notebooking Fairy
One of the most honored women in American history is Clara Barton. Nurse Barton risked her life to bring supplies and support to soldiers in the field during the Civil War. She founded the American Red Cross (1881) and led it for 23 years. Her work carved the path to new fields of volunteering that serve people throughout the world.
All About Clara Barton FREE Printable Worksheets & Activities for Kids | Surviving a Teacher Salary
Clara Barton FREE Foldable Lesson | Academia
FREE Clara Barton Comprehension Passage | Charlie and Company
Clara Barton FREE Worksheet | Reyna Stone
Clara Barton Biography Reading Comprehension Worksheet Red Cross | Teaching to the Middle
Mary Todd Lincoln
An interesting character in our American History was Mary Todd Lincoln. She was First Lady to the 16th President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln. Both Abraham Lincoln and Mary Lincoln became known for their stance against slavery.
What is quite admirable about nurse Mary is that rather than move to a safer place during the Civil War, she decided to stand by her husband’s side. She visited the troops with her husband and even worked as a volunteer nurse.
FREE Test Quiz Mary Todd Lincoln | Ducksters.com
These free worksheets about famous doctors and nurses can motivate and encourage kids who have an interest in the medical field. It will also help kids appreciate the value of physicians and nurses who care for people around the globe.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!