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HISTORY

MGH Nurses' Alumni Association Heroes Lecture Series

In honor of the School of Nursing's 150th Anniversary, a series of lectures was offered via Zoom in the first half of 2023, featuring graduates of the School of Nursing and other nurses who have made contributions to the nursing profession in such a way that they are heroes to many of us.  Recordings are available as listed below

2024 Lectures

Managing Covid on the Inpatient Services

(Link to recording here)

2023 Lectures

Setting the Standards:  From Clinical Practice to Executive Leadership

Mary Alexander, MA, RN, CRNI, CAE, FAAN

(Link to recording here)

Nursing Research in the Clinical Practice Setting at MGH

Diane L Carroll, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, FESC, MGH SON Class of 1969

(Link to recording here)

 

Clinical Education Locally and Internationally: Reflections on 50 Years of Practice

Sheila Burke, RN, MSN MGHSON 1971

(Link to recording here)

 

From a One-year Experiment to 150 Years of Nursing Education: Reflections on

the Origins of the MGH SON

Mary Larkin MS, RN 1976

(Link to recording here)

 

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HISTORY COMMITTEE

The MGH Nursing History Committee received the Patricia R. Austen, RN, Mass General History Award. Susan Fisher SON ’66 accepted the award.

 

ABOUT the MGH SCHOOL of NURSING

For more than a century (1873 – 1981) the MGH was associated with, or conducted, a school of nursing.  The original school, the Boston Training School for Nurses (1873 – 1895) was the third in the United States established according to the plans proposed by Florence Nightingale.  The founding committee suggested the school as offering a desirable new occupation for self-supporting women. 

 

Over the ensuing decades, the MGH School of Nursing evolved to meet the changing needs of the profession and graduated almost 8,000 nurses, and hundreds of others received valuable training.  These nurses not only cared for the sick, but administered and taught in schools of nursing around the world, wrote textbooks on nursing, served as local, national, and international leaders in the profession, have shaped laws and regulations, and served their country in times of war and peace. In short, MGH SON graduates have led and helped to shape the field of nursing for almost 150 years.

 

In 1981, MGH discontinued the school’s diploma program and established the Institute for Health Professions, which includes accredited baccalaureate, master’s, Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and post-graduate APRN certificate programs.  Information at https://www.mghihp.edu/school-nursing

 

PRESERVING the HISTORY of NURSING at MGH

A key part of the NAA’s mission is to record and maintain the history of nursing at MGH.  This includes several initiatives:

 

MGH School of Nursing ARCHIVES. https://archive.org/details/mghschoolofnursingarchives?tab=about
Massachusetts General Hospital's commitment to world class nursing education began in 1873 when the Boston Training School for Nurses opened. It evolved into the MGH School of Nursing, educating nurses through the combination of theoretical study and clinical practice. The School of Nursings renowned Director, Miss Ruth Sleeper, lobbied vigorously for the MGH to lead the world in nursing education at the advanced practice level. Her advocacy, and the vision of the hospital leadership, lead to a Master's level education program for the health professions that is now the MGH Institute of Health Professions. The MGH School of Nursing graduated its last class in 1981. The alumni remain active through the MGH Nurses' Alumnae Association
Massachusetts General Hospital's commitment to world class nursing education began in 1873 when the Boston Training School for Nurses opened. It evolved into the MGH School of Nursing, educating nurses through the combination of theoretical study and clinical practice. The School of Nursings renowned Director, Miss Ruth Sleeper, lobbied vigorously for the MGH to lead the world in nursing education at the advanced practice level. Her advocacy, and the vision of the hospital leadership, lead to a Master's level education program for the health professions that is now the MGH Institute of Health Professions. The MGH School of Nursing graduated its last class in 1981. The alumni remain active through the MGH Nurses' Alumni Association

 

The following article includes information about nurses during WWI.

https://www.mghpcs.org/nursing-history/

Oral History

The MGH SON Oral History Project began in the first part of this century. At that time questionnaires were mailed to graduates asking several questions about their experiences as students and their subsequent careers. About 500 questionnaires were returned. Some years later, a project ensued to capture the stories of graduates through video and voice. The project was initially run by Linda Orrell and Karen Wolf. It is now run by Mary Larkin along with other MGH SON graduates. We have over 70 recordings and are working on ways to preserve the various forms of media that have been used over time. This includes transitioning old footage from DVDs and tapes to electronic format, transcribing the text and continuing the quest to interview and collect more stories. Our goal is to feature some quotes and photos during the 150th anniversary.

2021 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker Dr. Estelle Codier, RN, MSN, Phd.

Presentation on the Emotional Intelligence of Nursing

 

Ann Manton, Class of 1960, to be inducted into ANA Hall of Fame

A graduate of the MGHSON class of 1960  Dr. Ann Manton has had a distinguished career in Emergency Room Nursing as a clinician, President of the Emergency Nurses Association and editor and chief of the  Journal of Emergency Room Nursing.  She has served as nurse educator and administrator of nursing programs. Based on her many contributions to nursing practice, education, research and policy making she was named as a fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Room Nursing and inducted into the Emergency Nursing Hall of Fame. A fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, she is to be inducted in the ANA Hall of Fame in 2022.   Submitted by Karen Wolf, Honorary Member of MGHNAA

 

  

Nursing Sundial Sculpture

Commissioned by world-renowned sculptress, Nancy Schön, the Nursing Sundial Sculpture is a gift from the Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumni Association.  It sits on the Bulfinch Lawn Oval and was created to honor the nursing profession and the nurses of MGH.   To learn more about the sculpture, click here.