"Dark Ages Of Nursing" Lecture Set For April 5

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 2:30pm

As part of its year-long series to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant movement, Limestone College will host a “Reformation Reflections” lecture on Thursday, April 5, entitled “The Dark Ages of Nursing.”

Led by Dr. Amber Williams, the lecture will take place in the Carroll Fine Arts Building, Room 105, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Williams, Limestone’s Director of Nursing, has been a nurse for 18 years. Educated at the University of South Carolina, she holds two baccalaureate degrees in Biology and Nursing, an MSN as a family nurse practitioner, and a DNP in organizational leadership. Before coming to Limestone, she served as a nurse faculty and influenced hundreds of students through teaching and mentoring, coordinated clinical opportunities throughout the state, initiated successful distance and online programs, and led the construction of a high-fidelity simulation lab.

Following a family tragedy, she and her sister-in-law started the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation, which has a mission to advocate for Carbon Monoxide Awareness. She is a recognized and published expert on carbon monoxide.

“Nurses have been present and integral to healthcare since early civilizations,” Williams explained. “However, during the Reformation era, nursing entered a dark period with much of its organization and practice disappearing, not to formally emerge until much later. This presentation will discuss the origins, evolution, and dark period of nursing as well common healthcare beliefs and practices during that time period.”


“Reformation Reflections” is a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the historic Protestant religious movement and its contemporary influence. The series of cultural and educational events is led by the Limestone College Division of Arts and Letters and will occur at the Gaffney main campus throughout the 2017-18 academic year.

It has been 500 years since Martin Luther set the Reformation in motion by nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany on October 31, 1517.