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 […]

The Nurse Pinning Tradition

The Museum often receives inquiries about the tradition of nursing school pins and the pinning ceremony. The nursing pin is a symbol with a rich history dating back to the Maltese Cross. The Crusaders wore the cross as a symbol of service to Christianity. Over the centuries various symbols represented service to a ruler or to […]

“Call the Midwife” part 1

The fourth season of this popular PBS/BBC program  began in March, 2015.  The book, The Midwife by author/nurse  Jennifer Worth is the basis for the program.  Ms.Worth began her nursing career in 1950 and upon completion of her general nursing education, she pursued midwifery in the Convent of Anglican Nuns.  Her novel, which recounts her experiences […]

Nurse Uniform Circa 1900s

The museum recently received a wonderful donation of a 1900s style nurse uniform.  Unfortunately,  this uniform is lacking background information. The blue and white fabric is a cotton “Indian Head” and the white material is a batiste fabric. Do you have any knowledge regarding this uniform or a connection to an early school of nursing? […]

WW2 Australian Army Nurse Uniform

The Australian Army nurse uniform is no longer on display.    Without the generosity of our donors we would not be able to provide the public  with the opportunity to preserve and display interesting nursing artifacts.

Civil War Nursing: Part 2

CIVIL WAR NURSING: PART TWO by Jane Early, BSN, RN Most historians credit the battle of Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania as changing the War between the North and the South to favor the North.  The cost in human suffering was unimaginable – 57,225 casualties were identified from both sides. The battle lasted for three […]

Miss Alice Fisher and the Blockley Nurse

In 1884, the Board of the Poor [Board of Guardians] in Philadelphia was seeking a suitable person to start a Training School for Nurses in the former Philadelphia Almshouse and Hospital  known as Old Blockley. Miss Florence Nightingale was consulted for advice and recommended a former student, Miss Alice Fisher.  At the time, Miss Fisher was […]