Catholic women played a big role in health and healing early in modern Europe. Most Hospitals at that time were run by charitable organizations and Christian Missionary Roman Catholic Churches. At that time, married women did not work, their job was to take care of their families. So, Catholic Nuns were staff in Hospitals as Nurses/Administrators and care takers.
During that time, diseases were often fetal and medicines were primitive. Nursing was primarily a religious role for the nurses and catholic nuns who had moral fiber to risk their lives and expose themselves to contagion in order to protect the sick. Up to date, Catholic Church is one of the Country’s largest private not for profit (PNPF) providers of health care services delivery.