Wednesday, August 25, 2010

University of Michigan School of Nursing Photograph 1960

Class of 1960

At Nursing Pins
Class Pin

This original 8in. by 10in. photograph of the class of 1960 was taken on June the 9th. for the newspaper. The caption from the paper is on the back "NATIONS LARGEST NURSING CLASS--And their formation indicates the school from which 159 nurses will graduate Saturday--the University of Michigan. The U-M school of nursing also is the nation's biggest, with a four-year program leading to a bachelor of science degree in nursing. Most of the nursing graduates (above) are posing together for the last time."

From the school's website: Since 1893, when the first six students graduated from the University Hospital program, the University of Michigan School of Nursing has been visionary in its research agenda and responsive to the health needs of the residents of Michigan and the nation. By 1941, the School of Nursing was fully established as a health sciences academic unit of the University. Today, the School consistently ranks among the top five schools of nursing in the United States providing national and international leadership in research, education and service. Improved nursing practice has been the hallmark of the University of Michigan School of Nursing since the first six students were admitted to the program in 1891. Patient and client care, combined with discovery from learning and research, have distinguished the School's progress to our current placement among the top five schools of nursing in any recognized ranking.

Class of 1945
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Three Graduation Pins from Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing 1890-1990

Graduation Pins from Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing 1890-1990

The Moline Public Hospital Training School for Nurses was started on September 1, 1898, with two students and a matron on duty. On June 29, 1990, the Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing graduated its last two class (one a two-year class and one a three-year class. 

The school had three pins over it's long history. The first pin was awarded to the graduates of the class of 1900 at commencement exercises held on September 18th. The pin was made of gold and white enamel with the words "Class of 1900" This same pin was awarded to each graduating class member until 1908 when the design was changed to one that would be used until 1990. In 1947 the words "Training School for Nurses" was replaced with "Public Hospital School for Nurses

There are 1,464 Nurses who have earned the right to wear one of the beautiful pins above.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The American Red Cross Nurse Pin - Who Owns It?

Original Red Cross Badge Design
Red Cross (Badges) Pins began to be numbered in 1909, the same year Jane A. Delano, the Superintendent of the Army Nurse Corps, was appointed volunteer chairman of the committee on Red Cross Nursing Service. Red Cross related items have always been popular collectibles and the number of Red Cross collectors and demand for related items has increased in recent years. Some of the most popular items to collect are Posters, Service Pins, Magazines and Red Cross Pins as Jewelry.

Number Identifies Nurse Pin was Issued To 

A little known fact by the public, most nurses and some collectors is that the Red Cross Nurse Pin remains the property of the Red Cross. Since each nurse enrolled as a Red Cross nurse receives a numbered badge and enrollment card, and the regulations for wearing the badge or the American Red Cross Nursing Service.  The badge and card always remain the property of the American Red Cross, protected by an Act of Congress.  The badge must not be worn by any other person than the person to whom it is issued.  There are clear regulations for the disposition of badges at the end of the nurse's enrollment.  The nurse, relative, or administrator of the estate, should return the badge to National Headquarters, or the nurse may choose to be buried with the badge.

Check out this site - Volunteer Historian for the American Red Cross
(Shirley Powers)