School Nursing In North Carolina: From A New Idea To The New Deal (Part 2)

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Phoebe Ann Pollitt PhD, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Complementing the work of the nurses from the State Board of Health was the effort of hundreds of nurses employed by church and civic groups to· provide public health services to their communities. Their work usually included school health. The American Red Cross employed some 50 nurses between 1912 and 1935 to work in community health programs in NC (Kernodle, 1949). Goldie Allen, RN was a Red Cross Nurse assigned to Avery county in 1928. As part of her duties she wrote articles on health related topics for the local paper, the Advocate. In one, she described the relationship between poor health and poor academic progress. Her sentiments are as relevant today as the day she wrote them. "Children with impaired vision, deaf ears, diseased tonsils, adenoids, undernourished bodies or fatigued nervous systems cannot possibly do the work of normal children" (Avery Country Red Cross, 1928).

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Pollitt, P. & Reese, C. (1997). School Nursing In North Carolina: From A New Idea To The New Deal (Part 2). American History of Nursing Bulletin, Fall, 4-6. NC Docks permission to re-print granted by author(s).
Language: English
Date: 1997
nursing, North Carolina, history, school nursing, American Red Cross, Goldie Allen

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