A Donation from The Navy Nurse Museum has Arrived

The Navy Nurse Museum has changed focus and their collection of School of Nursing caps has been deeded to the Museum of Nursing History as well as nursing school pins. We are pleased to be chosen as a repository for this cap and pin collection.  With this latest addition, a visit to the museum should […]

St. Xavier School of Nursing Cap Added to Collection

St. Xavier School of Nursing was founded in 1935. The college integrated with the Mercy Hospital and launched the first BSN program in Illinois. This joining together enabled the melding of general education with hospital based lab courses and clinical practice.  We congratulate the School of Nursing on the 80 year anniversary of their founding! […]

Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing (LICHSON)

The Long Island College Hospital was founded in 1853. In 1860 introduced bedside teaching but it wasn’t until 1883 that the School of Nursing opened. The school enjoyed a long tradition of educating nurses for 130 years before the last graduation in May, 2013 when the school closed. In 1883 the nurses made their own […]

University of Massachusetts Cap on Display

The Museum of Nursing History is pleased to share with our website viewers and museum visitors, a 1970s cap from the University  of Massachusetts.  The addition of this cap brings the total number of caps on display to eighty-five! The black velvet band was applied upon graduation and K-Y jelly was used to secure the […]

Can You Identify This Cap?

The museum recently acquired a cap believed to represent an unknown School of Nursing. The cap is constructed of an unknown synthetic material resembling  something that may be disposable.  It has a firm texture, with vertical pin tucks along the crown of the cap. Please let us know if you can help us identify the cap or […]

Jewett Training School for Nurses (Bushwick Hospital)

The Jewett Training School for Nurses in Brooklyn, NY opened to educate nurses in 1891. The school was located within Bushwick Hospital and over time, the school frequently became referred to as Bushwick Hospital School of Nursing. The Museum of Nursing History received a cap representing the School and the cap is currently on display. […]

Sharon Hospital School of Nursing Cap

The Museum has added the cap representing the Sharon Hospital School of Nursing. This Hospital based program began educating nurses in 1899. The program continues today with expanded affiliations with Penn State, Slippery Rock both in Pennsylvania and Youngstown State in Ohio. Sharon Hospital is located in northwestern Pennsylvania. the Museum is pleased to add […]

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.