by Charlotte A. Aikens
Charlotte Albina Aikens dedicated her life to nursing. In 1868 she was born in Mitchell, Ontario, Canada. During the Spanish-American War she volunteered her services as a nurse. Later, she went to serve as director of Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. She left to work as the superintendent of nurses at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, IA. Aikens also worked in Columbia Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.
In addition to her services in hospitals, she wrote voluminously about nursing. Aikens was named associate editor of National Hospital Record in 1902), and for Trained Nurse and Hospital Review, she became associate editor in 1911, and four years later became the editor in 1915. In addition to editing journals, she wrote numerous books, like Studies in Ethics for Nurses in 1916. On Oct 20, 1949, she passed away in Detroit, Michigan