Nurses are the silent force behind 90% of health care around the world. Among the top nursing schools in the United States nowadays, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing had its original ten graduates in 1907. Since then, it has been training nurses who are now recognized worldwide. Their professionalism and dedication result in a notable impact on global health care.
At first, the school developed as the Wesley Memorial Hospital Training School in partnership with the hospital. Later, the institution got its name after Nell Hodgson Woodruff whose World War I medical journal is on view among the items of the recent exhibition. The latter is meant to shed light on the key figures and events that have shaped the modern state of the nursing program. The items include archival documents, medical instruments and other artifacts that help trace the progress in both medicine as science and the place of nurses in the society.
To Care for Others: 100 Years of Nursing at Emory is implemented by a traveling exhibit Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. The oldest of these postcards portraying nurses date back to 1893. They serve as an evidence of historical development of nursing profession, with its cultural origins, gender, class and other aspects.