John’s nurse, a rural community nurse, United States, ca. 1914 A hundred years ago, rural visiting nurses provided the only medical care available for some isolated communities. They travelled by whatever means possible to attend to the sick. Liberated from the restrictive hierarchies of hospital life, visiting and community nurses pioneered public health movements in both the United Kingdom and United States.
Visiting Nurse Pera walks with young boy after she visits his mother, Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia, c.1964. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.
Radiology Nurse Technician during WWI. Taken in France in 1918 by HJ Hickman
st. anthony’s nurses, 1933. Nursing has come a long way. I still remember graduating from nursing school in 1984 and we still had to wear our hats at the Catholic Hospital I worked for. It wasn't until a year later that they let us wear pant uniforms and no hats (so scandalous!!)