Heatwole, Lydia Magdalena (1887-1932)
Lydia Magdalena Heatwole (1887-1932), daughter of Reuben J. and Margaret (Kilmer) Heatwole, was a pioneer Mennonite Church nurse. She grew to womanhood in a devout Mennonite home in Harvey County, Kansas. Her service in the Old People's Home near Rittman, Ohio, and later in the Kansas City Mission deepened her conviction to enter nurses' training, but in order to help her parents she took up a homestead in eastern Colorado. In 1918 she graduated with the first class from the Mennonite Training School for Nurses at La Junta. After further training at Agnes Memorial Hospital in Denver she returned to La Junta as superintendent of nurses. She set a high Christian standard for the training school and saw it grow from one supervisor and a few students to ten supervisors and officers and 36 students. Her outstanding contribution to the nursing profession in the Mennonite Church was her emphasis on the spiritual and religious service of the nurse to her patient.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 683-684. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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