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Ruth B. Freeman, RN, MA, EdD

Ruth B. Freeman, RN, MA, EdD"The public doesn't understand what a nurse really is. A nurse does more than just boosting morale of patients. She is an individual who must have an understanding of human nature and a keen sense of responsibility."

Ruth Freeman took her own words seriously. As the author of two books considered the "bibles of public health nursing," she provided standards and forms to evaluate the profession. She analyzed the shortage of nurses in the United States and encouraged public health schools to admit nurses to their health education programs. She insisted that they work in the same degree programs as physicians and have equal status within those schools.

In 1952, she took a year's leave of absence from the School to consult with the Rockefeller Foundation on its nursing programs.

Dr. Freeman was a consultant for many agencies, including the U.S. Air Force, the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health and the Academy of Political Science. She was president of The National Health Council and the National League for Nursing.