Help me keep nursing history alive…

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History of American Nursing: In Our Past, Lies Our Future: Telling the experiences of nurses and nursing in their own words….

1966 - First year nursing student – showing off for husband and children at home.

I am a registered nurse - in 1969 I graduated from Genesee Hospital School of Nursing in Rochester New York.  My nursing career extends over 45 years and includes working in the first Intensive Care Units to Home Health Care, Staff Development and Teaching. For me, nursing has provided many opportunities and I hope that in some way I've been able to assist people I have cared for.

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I became interested in the history of nursing when I began to think what it means to me to be a nurse  I began to read about the pioneers of nursing looked at photographs of nursing students from the 1880's to the present time I thought about each and wondered who they were, and what their story was. As I began to read about the pioneers of nursing and their experiences, many told in their own words, I wondered, what were the stories of these nurses seen only in photographs - many without their names? 

People make history; the history of nursing is the result of the efforts and actions of nurses, past and present.  In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century nurses recorded their experiences in their letters, memoirs and written articles.  As recording devices entered the scene, in addition to their written record, their stories were captured through recording their stories.

Many nurses do not leave either a written or oral record of their experiences. In today's fast paced world with technology that allows for instant communication, e-mails and text messaging, read and then deleted, many stories  are lost I believe that the stories of  nurses are too important to lose and that it is important to the history of nursing and nursing education to record these stories.

In 2009 while exercising at the 'Y' pool, I met a woman who told me she recorded personal oral histories for a living. As we talked and she discovered I was a nurse interested in the  history of nursing, she suggested that I might want to record the oral history of  nurses. This suggested a different approach to discussing the history of nursing education by utilizing both archival material and oral histories to write the history of the three main educational pathways leading to licensure as a registered nurse--Training School/Diploma, Associate Degree and Baccalaureate.

I decided to record oral histories of nurses focusing on their experience nursing students and their career. I began with my own experience as a mother with two young children who entered a hospital school of nursing at the age of 31. The oral interviews are shared on my website, so the information is free and available to nurses and nurse researchers. My initial website concentrates on nursing In 2018. I began a second website  which concentrates on the history of nursing in America.

I am now retired and am seeking funding to  continue telling the story of American nurses in their own words,  and the history of nursing in America, I am seeking funds to continue to interview nurses and maintain two websites:-  and

My Budget - One Year

Websites (2)          $264
Internet                   $600
Transepts (est)
Oral Histories      $300
Research/Travel  $200
Total                           $1364

Now that I am retired, I find i have the time,,,but not the income!  I would appreciate your help in keeping the history of nurses and nursing  alive.
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