1860 - 1910

Grave of Isabel Adams Hampton Robb,  Burlington, NJ

Isabel Adams Hampton Robb is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Burlington, NJ


  • 1882 graduate of Bellevue
  • Superintendent at Illinois Training School, 1886-89:
    • started graded course of study,
    • eliminated "sending out" pupils,
    • discontinued student stipends,
    • arranged affiliations.
  • First superintendent at Johns Hopkins, 1889-1894:
    • extended program from 2 to 3 years,
    • instituted 8 hour workdays,
    • eliminated stipends,
    • began alumnae association,
    • established a Nurses Journal Club.
  • Organized nursing section at International Congress of Charities, Corrections and Philanthropy, World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This group birthed the Society of Superintendents of Training Schools, the first nursing organization, (now the NLN).
  • Married Dr. Hunter Robb, 1894 in London, carrying a bouquet sent by Florence Nightingale.
  • Wrote books:
    • Nursing: Its Principles and Practices (1894)
    • Nursing Ethics (1900)
    • Educational Standards for Nurses (1907)
  • One of instigators of formation of Hospital Economics Course at Teachers College.
  • First president of Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada, (now ANA), 1897.
  • One of founders of American Journal of Nursing Company.
  • President of Association of Superintendents of Training Schools (now NLN), 1908.
  • One of organizers of International Congress of Nurses in 1899, Chaired Committee on International Standards of Education.
  • Died 4/15/1910 in Cleveland after being hit by trolley; in addition to her husband she is survived by two sons. 


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