The Museum of Nursing History recently received a cape and cap from Stuart Circle Hospital School of Nursing. The cape and cap belonged to Audrey Boschen Seay R.N.
Audrey completed “nurses training” in 1951, married and moved with her husband to the west coast. A similar story for many nurses and women of the 1950s. In addition to family responsibilities, husband and four children, she continued her education receiving a bachelor of science and Master’s degree in hospital administration from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Ms. Seay demonstrated a strong committment to nursing through her work as an industrial nurse at the Ford Motor Company. In addition, she received an award for outstanding community service, served as president of the Downriver Nurses Association in the 1960s and 1970s. While working as assistant administrator at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center she was asked to establish Health Emergency Medical Services, HEMS. She also served as councilwoman and assisted in the establishment of the Michigan Disaster Medical Team, DMAT. These are only a few of her many accomplishments.
She continued her service to the community, and through her nursing and leadership skills while in retirement in Florida. Ms. Seay’s involvement with the Florida Disaster Medical Team provided much needed support to the community during and after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
The Museum Board wishes to express our thanks to the family for their generosity.