Mary Louise Roberts Wilson (1914-2001)

Mary Louise Roberts 1st Lt. Mary Louise Roberts, a World War II Army nurse, was the first female in the history of the United States Army to be awarded the Silver Star. The Silver Star is awarded for bravery, courage, and service above and beyond the call of duty. Mary Louise had landed five days […]

Navy Nurse Museum Donation Has Arrived

Navy Nurse Museum Donations Navy Nurse Museum graciously looked to the Museum of Nursing History to help preserve articles of their history. The Navy Nurse Corps Association 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 […]

LICHSON Nurse’s Cap, Uniform, and Pin

LICHSON – Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Founding of The Museum of Nursing History

  By: Sandra Kress Davis, EdD, RN, President of the Museum of Nursing History The Museum of Nursing History evolved from a one-day celebration of nurses at the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on May 10, 1974, into a Bicentennial Nursing Project in 1976. A group of prominent nurses and friends of nursing […]

Museum of Nursing History artifact collection visits the Cherry Hill Mall

In May 2010, the Cherry Hill Mall, located at 2000 NJ-38 Cherry Hill, NJ, took part in honoring the history and memorabilia of nursing history. Thanks to the Museum of Nursing History‘s extensive collection of nursing uniforms through different eras, the exhibition took center stage, detailing the many styles of medicine. Although the exhibition is […]