Mary Louise Roberts Wilson (1914-2001)

World War II Army nurse, 1st Lt. Mary Louise Roberts, 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 into the battle of Anzio […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Civil War Nursing

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 collected […]

Museum of Nursing History at the Cherry Hill Mall 2010

The Cherry Hill Mall displayed artifacts and uniforms belonging to the Museum Of Nursing History in May 2010. The Museum was quite proud to participate in this endeavor to honor nurses.