Archives for January 2016

We Remember Carol Ann (Killian) Desroches

My mother, Carol Ann (Killian) Desroches, RN graduated from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1969 (school was in operation from 1884 to 1975).

Audrey Boschen Seay R.N.

The Museum of Nursing History recently received a cape and cap from Stuart Circle Hospital School of Nursing. The cape and cap belonged to Audrey Boschen Seay R.N.

Nursing Cap Collection

The nurse’s cap originated in the early Christian Era as a head covering for deaconesses that cared for the sick. During the 1800’s, head coverings evolved into the more familiar white cap that was first used by Florence Nightingale.

Cap from Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing

The cap collection of the Museum of Nursing History continues to grow with the addition of the cap representing the Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing. This cap is loving made of organdy and worn forward on the head near at the hairline.

US Cadet Nurse Corp

Cadet Nurse Corp uniform: gift from Evelyn Benson. In 1942, after Pearl Harbor, there were 42,000 nurses in the United States, and the US government requested an additional 125,000 nurses within the next two years. Frances Payne Bolton, an Ohio Congresswoman, philanthropist and nursing supporter, introduced the Bolton Act, which created the CADET NURSE CORPS.  […]

Bishop Johnson College of Nursing Cap

The Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angelis, California was established in the late 19th century. Episcopalian nuns managed the hospital under the auspices of the Episcopal diocese. The first Episcopal Bishop named Johnson arrived in 1896. It is through his interest and energy the hospital grew. A School of Nursing was established at Good Samaritan Hospital. […]

Collection of School Pins

The Museum of Nursing History has an extensive collection of nursing pins.  Each school of nursing had a unique pin as well as a cap.  The capping ceremony frequently occurred following completion of the probation period.  Some schools had a method to distinguish completion of  “nurse’s training”  by adding a stripe, pin or changing the style  of the  school’s […]