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The St. Mary's I Knew
By Sisters Aloysia Ames

History of the School of Nursing 1914 - 1966
St. Mary's Hospital, Tucson

From the time that St. Mary's Hospital was established in Tucson, Arizona, by Bishop Jean Baptiste Salpointe in 1880, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet constituted nearly the entire nursing staff. Sister Mary John Noli said that she and Sister Julia Ford assumed the tasks of caring for the first patients with the doctors showing them what to do. It was not surprising that there were no trained nurses available to staff Arizona's first permanent hospital. According to A History of Nursing by Nutting and Dock, in 1880 there were only about 150 graduated nurses in the United States. Even by 1900 when there were 430 schools of nursing in our country only 3457 nurses had graduated. Because minimal standards for nursing education had not been established, many of these graduates had received only the amount of training that it was convenient or expedient for the medical staff of their individual hospitals to give them. Hospitals of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the Midwest were among those where schools of nursing had been established.

Contents

Need For School of Nursing
Classes Begin
Legal Protection
School Activities
Student Hospital Relations
Nursing in the Sanatorium
Hospital Nursing Twenty-Hour Private Duty
Silver Jubilee Class of 1939
Silver Jubilee and Then
Adjusting to Emergencies
War Days
Red Cross Training Programs
Student Nurse Recruitment
Post War Years
Trends in Nursing Education
Finances
Curriculum Changes
Golden Jubilee
Sisters in Nursing
Alumnae
Announcing the Closing of the School
After Years

End Notes



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