The Museum of Nursing History, Inc.

The Museum of Nursing History, Inc. The Museum of Nursing History, Inc., houses a variety of nursing items related to nursing's past. We

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Saw this short  (8 min.) documentary on TCM this morning (found on youtube). Made in 1956, which was 11 years post WWII,...
09/02/2023

Saw this short (8 min.) documentary on TCM this morning (found on youtube). Made in 1956, which was 11 years post WWII, it might have been made to encourage women to join nursing. Can anyone identify the caps and the Nurses' Home in the movie? What else stands out to you?

The Museum received this beautiful shoe from the family of a nurse who worked for the V.A. for her whole career, startin...
07/20/2023

The Museum received this beautiful shoe from the family of a nurse who worked for the V.A. for her whole career, starting in WWII. It is reported that she bronzed her shoe "represent the miles a nurse walks on the floor to care for patients." The plaque at the toe is dated 1969. We would like more info on this nurse so if you are the donor, please message me.

Can you identify the shoe? Did you have a pair of shoes you loved? Let us know.

Coming soon: The Air Warrior documentary series has started!!!Episode 8, C-47 Skytrain will premiere on Sunday, July 9th...
07/07/2023

Coming soon: The Air Warrior documentary series has started!!!
Episode 8, C-47 Skytrain will premiere on Sunday, July 9th at 9E/8C PM on the Smithsonian Channel. Kim will speak to 1LT Mary Louise “Daisy Mae” Hawkins and her care for patients as a Flight Nurse in WWII. You can view it at:

Learn these inside stories of the most iconic military aircrafts of the last 60 years.

Following our picture of the VNA cap, I found this ad for Visiting Nurse uniforms in RN magazine October 1949. It says, ...
06/08/2023

Following our picture of the VNA cap, I found this ad for Visiting Nurse uniforms in RN magazine October 1949. It says, "lasts a lifetime." Just what we love to hear in this museum. Do you think it would be comfortable?

We received a beautiful New York City Visiting Nurse Service Cap today. It is from 1952 and you can tell it is well worn...
06/02/2023

We received a beautiful New York City Visiting Nurse Service Cap today. It is from 1952 and you can tell it is well worn. The beautiful pin on the cap gave the alert of what the nurse was doing in the neighborhood. The nurse graduated from Cornell University New York Hospital. Here is more information on that school of nursing. https://library.weill.cornell.edu/archives/cornell-university-new-york-hospital-school-nursing Imagine the children she worked with during the polio outbreak.

The Museum archives beautiful pictures of working nurses. For example, these pictures of Belle Smith show her in her gra...
05/11/2023

The Museum archives beautiful pictures of working nurses. For example, these pictures of Belle Smith show her in her graduation uniform, in her Army uniform, in her mid-career uniform, and at the end of her career. Do you have your pictures together in one place showing your family how nursing changed you? Happy Nurses' Week.

05/11/2023

We are holding a fundraising campaign to support the collections in the Museum of Nursing History, Inc. Please consider donating this Nurses' Week. Visit our website for paying through Paypal or get instructions on sending a check to support new display cases and archival supplies.

Found this picture of the Mayor of Philadelphia proclaiming Hospital and Nursing Week in Philadelphia. Dr. Kolbe, direct...
05/11/2023

Found this picture of the Mayor of Philadelphia proclaiming Hospital and Nursing Week in Philadelphia. Dr. Kolbe, director of Philadelphia General Hospital the week of May 6-May 12. The student is Ruth Strong from PGH class of 1963. I am hoping this takes you to the specific picture. Click on the PhillyHistory link. Please consider donating to the Museum of Nursing History, Inc. so we can maintain our nursing collection. A great Mother's Day gift.

The City of Philadelphia's photo archive contains approximately 2 million photographic records that date from the late 1800's. This web site has a subset of those photos. All archive photos may be searched by keyword and date. Archive photos which have been assigned a geographic location are also se...

During Nurses Week, enjoy these pictures of a nurse, Ellen McAfee, who was a probie at St. John's Hospital in Brooklyn i...
05/09/2023

During Nurses Week, enjoy these pictures of a nurse, Ellen McAfee, who was a probie at St. John's Hospital in Brooklyn in February 1943 at the parking sign and then in a nightclub on the last day of state boards on October 25, 1945. She is the 3rd one in from the right. Did you take your boards in the capital of your state? Did you travel there with fellow students? Let's hear some stories about state boards.

The button from a cape in our collection carries the Seal of Philadelphia imprinted on it and the cape was made in a fac...
05/06/2023

The button from a cape in our collection carries the Seal of Philadelphia imprinted on it and the cape was made in a factory in Philadelphia. This was pointed out by a collector of nursing items when he asked about the Seal of Pennsylvania found on the button of another cape. I always wondered what the figures might stand for, now we have an answer. Some capes have plain black buttons but if your cape has a golden button, send us a picture of what you see on it and where it was made.

Please Note: The Museum of Nursing History, Inc. will be closed on May 12 & 13 due to graduation festivities for La Sall...
05/06/2023

Please Note: The Museum of Nursing History, Inc. will be closed on May 12 & 13 due to graduation festivities for La Salle University. I hope you will schedule your visit for early in the week or for the following week. Please message me if you are going to visit so I can give you some instructions.

HAPPY NURSES WEEK TO ALL OF OUR NURSES YOUNG AND EXPERIENCED. The Museum of Nursing History, Inc.  (a 501c3 organization...
05/06/2023

HAPPY NURSES WEEK TO ALL OF OUR NURSES YOUNG AND EXPERIENCED.
The Museum of Nursing History, Inc. (a 501c3 organization) has been archiving and displaying nursing's history since 1974 and we need your help to continue to bring our history to our future nurses, our past nurses and to the public.

Starting on May 6, 2023, National Nurses' Day, the Museum is asking for your financial support to continue our work. Donations provide monies to cover the costs of accessing (computer program), insuring, preserving and displaying collections of caps, capes, pins, diplomas, uniforms, and other work items nurses have saved from their training and from their careers. We are currently receiving items from nurses in the Cadet Nursing Corps and military nurses who served in World War II. Some of our uniforms go back to the late 1800s. We are nurse-volunteers and all donation money goes to museum-quality preservation and to support the Museum. We would greatly appreciate your donation.

If you would like to donate, please visit our website https://nursinghistory.org/ and go to the Donations Tab. You will find a form to fill out and mail a check or money order to us or you can make your donation using Paypal. We greatly appreciate your support and your financial and nursing items donations.

01/31/2023

A question came to the Museum of Nursing History and we don't have the answer. We are looking for a picture of a Rutger's University College of Nursing cap. The history goes back to Rutgers University-Newark with funds from the governor, was accredited by NLN in 1956 and then became the College of Nursing in 1952. Caps ended in the 1980s so does anyone have a picture of the nursing cap from Rutgers? The Museum does not have a Rutgers cap and I have looked on line but cannot find a picture.

Let's celebrate CRNA Week to point out the advanced practice of nurse anesthetists. We highlight some pictures donated f...
01/23/2023

Let's celebrate CRNA Week to point out the advanced practice of nurse anesthetists. We highlight some pictures donated from a student in the 1950s. Did your nurses' training involve going to the OR? Delivering patients to surgery? What experiences did you have?

Another part of the donation from the collection of Caroline P. Henry was her nursing school pins. She graduated in 1946...
01/17/2023

Another part of the donation from the collection of Caroline P. Henry was her nursing school pins. She graduated in 1946 from St. Luke's and Children's Medical Center, Franklin & Thompson Streets in Philadelphia. The Museum has their May 31, 1946 annual report, which is the year she graduated with 26 other students. The school of nursing received new furniture in the living room and had a dance at the Warwick Hotel and a glee club.
Take note of the skull attachment to the St Luke's pin. It has a 1946 on the forehead. The second pin is for the combined school of St. Luke's and Children's Medical Center, which combined two hospitals into one.

We received this beautiful collection of service pins for years worked given to Caroline P. Henry, a nurse who worked fo...
01/12/2023

We received this beautiful collection of service pins for years worked given to Caroline P. Henry, a nurse who worked for West Jersey Hospital (now Virtua) from 1970 to 1994 on the detox unit on Mt. Ephraim Avenue in Camden. She would have witnessed the arrival of drugs-heroin, co***ne, crack and would have been in the midst of the HIV epidemic when it hit. And she stayed in her position well into her 60s.
Do you know what the different color stones stood for? Top left is purple, center is yellow, left is 4 blue stones, and the large round one says 10 years and has 2 diamonds on it( it was pointed out that this might be a Weight Watchers pin). Were these semi-precious stones? They could also be worn on a necklace.
Do they still award nurses with pins? Did you receive a pin for service?

We have a follower asking about this photo from a Philadelphia School of Nursing. Can anyone recognize her cap so we can...
12/30/2022

We have a follower asking about this photo from a Philadelphia School of Nursing. Can anyone recognize her cap so we can tell where she went to school?

The Museum has a lovely collection of nursing pins but I had to show you this nursing pin. Merry Christmas and Happy Hol...
12/19/2022

The Museum has a lovely collection of nursing pins but I had to show you this nursing pin. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our followers. Happy 2023 and pray for health for all.
If you have a nursing holiday pin, please add to this post.

I missed the remembrance of December 7, 1941 but wanted to post these pictures donated by the family of Thelma Appelt. S...
12/09/2022

I missed the remembrance of December 7, 1941 but wanted to post these pictures donated by the family of Thelma Appelt. She served at Pearl Harbor in 1944 and 1945 and saved a scrapbook of pictures. Here are a few of her at work as a Navy nurse.

We received two donations of beautiful nursing pins. Each has interesting points about them if you look up some points. ...
12/02/2022

We received two donations of beautiful nursing pins. Each has interesting points about them if you look up some points. Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in MA was established in 1913 based on the model of Johns Hopkins and became one of the largest medical complexes in the world-with the help of the nurses who studied and worked there. The second pin has the Old Man of the Mountain at the center. This natural wonder was a symbol of two indigenous tribes in New Hampshire. It fell in 2003 but remains a symbol of the state and is captured here in this nursing pin. Graduation pictures of the 1940s and 1950s show the nursing pin worn at the close of the collar. Where is your nursing pin in your graduation picture?

Celebrating the brave nurses who fought with the soldiers to restore their health. We salute all nurses who served in ou...
11/11/2022

Celebrating the brave nurses who fought with the soldiers to restore their health. We salute all nurses who served in our military. Please feel free to add your name or the names of other nurses who served. And we include the Cadet Nurse Corps who joined to help ease the nursing shortage during WWII.

Received this lovely cap from Temple University 1978. It is in great shape. And tucked in with it was this Nurses Unit l...
09/30/2022

Received this lovely cap from Temple University 1978. It is in great shape. And tucked in with it was this Nurses Unit list. Did you use a system like this for your unit? Or was this for one nurse? Looks like she had a lot of patients to take care of and there is bed 1 and bed 2. I think it is from Temple Hospital in Philadelphia also. What does IMA stand for under the column of the room number? I covered the names of the patients for privacy.

Visited this website today to learn of about a nurses' group named after the first trained African-American nurse in the...
09/07/2022

Visited this website today to learn of about a nurses' group named after the first trained African-American nurse in the USA. Read their story and understand why it is important to know nursing's history in order to make nursing more inclusive and diverse.

On July 9, 1949, there were 13 African American registered nurses in Seattle and it was on this day that they were called together at the home of Anne Foy Baker to form the Mary Mahoney Registered Nurses Club (later known as the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Association, and presently as the Mary...

Here is the cap of the donor of the bobby pins and tissue. So many interesting stories from all of you about putting on ...
07/17/2022

Here is the cap of the donor of the bobby pins and tissue. So many interesting stories from all of you about putting on the cap. I wonder if the bald spot would have been avoided if nurses worked 3 days instead of 5 days-yet the 3-day shifts are longer. This donor graduated from Temple University in 1978 with a BSN, one of the few BSN programs in the Philadelphia area. The school was called the Allied Health School. The cap was worn daily and stored in a locker at the hospital in the case. In the center of the cap, you can barely see the label that was used to hold the cap onto the tissue. Thank you to our donor.

Here is the picture of part of a donation we received. Can you tell what it is and what it was used for?
07/16/2022

Here is the picture of part of a donation we received. Can you tell what it is and what it was used for?

Did you use this I & O card? This card was found in the donation of a 1960s graduate's fundamentals book. Where was this...
07/13/2022

Did you use this I & O card? This card was found in the donation of a 1960s graduate's fundamentals book. Where was this card kept? Did the nurse carry it and toss it at the end of the day? Was there a Cardex to hold it? I wonder what the diagnosis for this client was.

The Museum would like to thank the nurse volunteers from Sigma, Kappa Delta Chapter, for helping to archive donations re...
06/23/2022

The Museum would like to thank the nurse volunteers from Sigma, Kappa Delta Chapter, for helping to archive donations received. They worked with us for 3 hours. We are grateful for their dedication to preserving nursing history.

During this 2022 Celebration of Nurses' Week, enjoy these pictures of two uniforms-one from 1892 and the other from 1967...
05/12/2022

During this 2022 Celebration of Nurses' Week, enjoy these pictures of two uniforms-one from 1892 and the other from 1967. You can see how nursing's image has changed. The oldest uniform was donated by the Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing, the alumni group preserved a variety of uniforms. Now, the alum are disbanding the group but they wanted to maintain their history. The Museum accepted around 11 uniforms with pictures, caps, and even shoes. Maintaining a museum this takes money to properly archive materials. If you can spare a donation to the Museum, we use the money to purchase archival items to maintain these nursing items and to keep them organized. We are an all volunteer organization and a 501c3. Unfortunately, at this time, you must send a bank check or money order to the Museum-we are not able to accept electronic donations at this time. Our website says paypal but it is not currently working. Send your donations to: Museum of Nursing History, Inc. at La Salle University, 1900 West Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. 19141 to allow us to continue to accept and preserve nursing items. Our nursing work is meaningful and deserves to be remembered and on display. Your generosity will be acknowledged with a receipt and a letter from the Museum. Thank you.

Celebrating Men in Nursing with these pictures from the 1950s in New Jersey. Our donor, in first picture, middle of the ...
05/10/2022

Celebrating Men in Nursing with these pictures from the 1950s in New Jersey. Our donor, in first picture, middle of the picture in the back, a man, graduated from Jersey City Hospital Medical Center School of Nursing in September 1954. This procession was in June 1954 so it might have been a capping ceremony for a younger class. The following pictures are for the class of 1955 and 1956. There seem to be 3 men in each class so perhaps there was a limit. He took a picture of his room. Did you have any men in your nursing class? When and where did you graduate?

As we continue to celebrate Nurses' Month, first we have a diploma from 1912, found in the attic of a home in Philadelph...
05/08/2022

As we continue to celebrate Nurses' Month, first we have a diploma from 1912, found in the attic of a home in Philadelphia. The new owners donated the Hurst items to our Museum. Alice Hurst graduated from Methodist Episcopal Hospital at 2301 South Broad. She was 29 years old and in the 1920 Census, she was living on the grounds of the hospital as a working nurse. Then, we have her RN license. Next we have sisters who came from Canada to Philadelphia's The American Hospital for Diseases of the Stomach. Phyllis was 24 years old when she graduated and went on to work at Girard College as a school nurse. The gold seals are embossed with state or hospital seals. The American Stomach Hospital clearly says diploma. They are also very decorative. Do you know where your diploma is? Do you display it?

Did someone make you a remembrance for your nursing school graduation? This was donated to the Museum, which is located ...
05/04/2022

Did someone make you a remembrance for your nursing school graduation? This was donated to the Museum, which is located on the Germantown Hospital and Dispensary grounds. The blue and white background is the student uniform. The invitation is from May 11, 1939. There is a name pin and the school of nursing pin-which changed years later. Tell us about your mementos from school.

Happy Nurses' Week. Celebrate our profession every day but especially this week. Enjoy these first cover stamps donated ...
05/03/2022

Happy Nurses' Week. Celebrate our profession every day but especially this week. Enjoy these first cover stamps donated to our Museum to honor nurses in the USA and other countries as well. These first covers are from 1955 and 1961. Time for the Post Office to dedicate new stamps to the Nurses who fought COVID-19 for these past endless months and years. What images do you suggest are put on a stamp to honor nurses?

What do you think of the uniform of these Boston District Nurses in the early 1900s? Some have a black string around the...
04/19/2022

What do you think of the uniform of these Boston District Nurses in the early 1900s? Some have a black string around their necks. They carried the nurse's bag with a list of supplies including thermometers, gauze, flannel bandages and other items. What else do you notice? Thank you to the donor who sent us this photograph.

04/10/2022

Please visit our website https://nursinghistory.org/ and access more stories about nurses and our Museum. All issues have been fixed. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Museum of Nursing History. The museum is located at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania in the St. Benilde tower.

This cloth piece was donated to the Museum with other pieces of a 1940's nurse's OR uniform (hair cap, mask, scrub dress...
04/08/2022

This cloth piece was donated to the Museum with other pieces of a 1940's nurse's OR uniform (hair cap, mask, scrub dress). The band does say OR. How do you think someone wore this? Over their hair? Folded into a mask? The thin strings are also present as well as the thicker ties. The thin strings do not pull to close anything so do they wrap around the head? How was it worn? What was it for?

We received a beautiful collection of items used by Carrie Gammel Radnik (1919-2012) from WWII. She graduated with a dip...
03/16/2022

We received a beautiful collection of items used by Carrie Gammel Radnik (1919-2012) from WWII. She graduated with a diploma from Touro Infirmary in New Orleans in 1940 and joined the U.S. Army, when the U.S. went to war. She and a friend were stationed in New Guinea. This is her nursing school pin-the Oak tree is front and center-perhaps symbolizing strength. You can see more pictures and hear her oral history (scroll down) at https://gateway.uncg.edu/islandora/object/wvhp%3AWV0269 Thank you for your service, Carrie.

Seems in the pre-war 1940s, uniform companies offered a variety of fabrics for nurses. The styles have a lot of details:...
03/07/2022

Seems in the pre-war 1940s, uniform companies offered a variety of fabrics for nurses. The styles have a lot of details: ruching, pockets, buttons. This pamphlet on uniforms was tucked in the book of a senior nursing student who graduated in 1940. Maybe she was contemplating her need for working uniforms. Note some of the descriptions of the fabric-the price rises as you go further down the list. Have you heard of some of these fabrics?

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To thank my nursing colleagues, I am offering four of my historical fiction nursing novels FREE on KINDLE during the first five days of Nurses' Week. Featuring Nursing in the 1920s) Titles: Ellis Angels, Ellis Angels onthe Move, Brroklyn Angels and Luna Babies (neontology in america)
I love that the Museum of Nursing History in Philadelphia is in the former Germantown Dispensary and Hospital given our German heritage.
We love everything about the Museum of Nursing History and wanted to share with you a video tour of Melodie Chenevert's Nursing art collection that she has turned into a small (free) museum in Cannon Beach, Oregon. If you're out our way please come visit! Thanks for all you do to help nurses remember their amazing past! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbiBYi5A53s&t=20s
Thank you Jeannine Uribe PhD, RN for a wonderful morning.
I will be visiting Philly over Veteran's Day weekend. Will you be open on Veteran's Day?