Section II. Series III - The Institute School
of Nursing, 1908-1974 + [n.d.]
The School of Nursing at the Institute began as two schools,
a school for women and a school for men. Only a few years
after it began, the School for Women at the Institute was
dissolved, and the School of Nursing for Women at the Department
for the Sick and Injured at Eighth Street served as the only
women's school affiliated with the Pennsylvania Hospital.
The School of Nursing for Men continued to operate at the
Pennsylvania Hospital's West Philadelphia campus until the
mid-1960s, when the School for Men and the School for Women
at 8th Street merged.
The records of the School of Nursing at the Department for
Mental and Nervous Diseases consist of three subseries:
Subseries A: Administrative
Files, 1917-1974 + [n.d.]
Describes the overall functioning of the School of Nursing
for Men, containing information on the school's curriculum
and policies, as well as correspondence, reports, meeting
minutes, etc. General information about the daily operation
of the school can be found in this record group.
Subseries B: Affiliate Program
in Psychiatric Nursing--Administrative Records, 1941-1974
Contains similar information as the overall school of nursing
administrative files, such as curriculum info, policies, correspondence,
and reports. This program allowed student nurses from other
nursing schools to come to the Institute of the Pennsylvania
Hospital and take a several week course in the specific field
of psychiatric nursing. The affiliate program began shortly
after the School of Nursing itself, and lasted until 1974
- even after the merger of the Men's and Women's Schools.
Thousands of men and women completed the affiliate program
during the course of its existence.
Subseries C: Student Records, 1908-1974
The largest subseries within Series III - indeed, the largest
group of paper documents within the entire Institute Collection,
consists of both group records and individual permanent records.
Several groups of students have been recognized within this
subseries, including male and female graduates of the School
at the Institute, non-graduates, affiliate students, affiliate
post-graduates, etc. Most of these records offer excellent
genealogical information on each of the students. Most of
the students' permanent records include detailed reports of
the students' behavior, character, and intellect, and many
records contain personal correspondence.
Due to the close relationship between the schools at both
campuses, additional information on both schools can be found
in the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing Collection.
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