The History of Professional Nursing
Nursing has always been very important in health care for generations. Nursing is one of the most respected and regulated professions.
1813- Ladies Benevolent Society of Charleston, South Carolina, initiates a program to nurse the sick poor at home.
1839- Physician Joseph Warrington organizes the Nurse Society of Philadelphia to educate women to care for mothers during childbirth and the postpartum period.
1863- Women's Hospital of Philadelphia offers a six month, course in nursing.
1873- Three schools of nursing inspired by the work of Florence Nightingale open in New York City, New Haven, Connecticut, and Boston, Massachusetts.
1879- Mary Mahoney, the first African American professional nurse, graduates from the New England Hospital and Training School for Women and Children.
1888- The Mills Training School for Men opens at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.
1901- The Colored Home and Hospital (later Lincoln Hospital) Training School for Nurses graduates its first class of six nurses.
1903- North Carolina passes the first nurse registration act, licensing professional nurses.
1909- Ludie Andrews sues the Georgia State Board of Nurse Examiners to secure the right of African American nurses to take state board examinations. She succeeds in winning her suit in 1920.
1918- Army School of Nursing is organized.
1932- The Maternity Center Association and the Lobenstine Midwifery Clinic open the School of Nurse-Midwifery in New York City.
1952- First two-year associate nursing degree program opens.
1953- Critical care units open at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester, Connecticut; Albany Hospital in Albany, New York; the Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois; and the Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1964- American Nurses Association's House of Delegates approves a recommendation that...