Louie Croft Boyd
1871 - 1951
Louie Croft Boyd, a suffragist and newspaperwoman while a teen, dedicated the rest of her life to the nursing profession after surviving a serious illness.
In 1904 Boyd helped found the Colorado State Trained Nurses Association, now the Colorado Nurses Association. The next year, she wrote the bill passed by the Colorado General Assembly that created legal licensure for nurses, then became the first licensed nurse in Colorado. Boyd led a national movement to train nurses as professionals
“In regard to the nurse . . . it is important that her knowledge be broadened and deepened to establish the character of the woman, and by intensive study, help her to obtain the humanitarian viewpoint upon life.”