Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History
Limited Edition Nursing Pins


Isabel Hampton Robb - 2000

Isabel Hampton Robb, 1883 graduate of Bellevue Hospital’s nursing school, was an brilliant leader. As superintendent of the Illinois Training School (1886-1889) and of the Training School for Nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital (1889-1894), Robb fought to limit hours of work, eliminate student stipends, and extend the required course of study to three years. She persuaded Teachers College, Columbia University, to offer nursing courses in 1899. She was the first president in 1897 of Nurses Associated Alumnae of the U.S. and Canada, which became the American Nurses Association. Robb also led the 1893 organization of the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses, which ultimately became the National League for Nursing. Her untimely death was a wrenching loss to the profession and public.