US Cadet Nurse Corp Uniform

US Cadet Nurse Corp Uniform 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. The women who […]

Good Samaritan Hospital, Bishop Johnson College of Nursing Cap

Bishop Johnson College of Nursing Bishop Johnson College of Nursing, now 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 […]

Nursing Pins Collection at the Museum of Nursing History

Nursing Pins Collection at the Museum of Nursing History 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 […]

The Nurse Pinning Tradition

Nurse Pinning Tradition 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 the community. As a result of  Florence Nightingale’s influence, the importance of […]

‘Call the Midwife’ on BBC Discussion

‘Call The Midwife’ on BBC 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 […]

Nurse Uniforms circa 1900s

Blue and White, 1900s style nurse uniform 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 an “Indian Head” cotton and the white material is a batiste fabric. Do you have any knowledge regarding this uniform or a […]

WW2 Australian Army Nurse Uniform

WW2 Australian Army Nurse Uniform The WW2 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. Although the uniform is no longer displayed, look at some of the photos from […]

Civil War Nursing: Part 2

Civil War Nursing Following the Battle of Gettysberg 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 […]

Miss Alice Fisher and the Blockley Nurse

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 […]

Civil War Nursing History

Nursing During the Civil War as Described by Roberta West in Her Book “History of Nursing in Pennsylvania” published by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association in c1930 By Jane Early, BSN, RN The outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 found little differences in the care of the sick and wounded than during the Revolutionary […]