A Nurse's Journey: Sage Memorial Hospital School Of Nursing

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Phoebe Ann Pollitt PhD, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: For Native American nurses, many of their stories have been lost to the past. Scholars have generally paid scant attention to the lives and deeds of rural minority women, and few articles have been written about the early education of Native American nurses and their contributions to health care. The people of the Catawba Indian Nation use storytelling to keep their culture and the memory of their heroes alive. Consider this one such story, one such hero. The Sage Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, known simply as “Sage Memorial,” operated from 1930–1953. It was the only nursing school ever opened for the sole purpose of educating Native American women as nurses.1 One of these nurses was Viola Elizabeth Garcia, a graduate of the Class of 1943.2 Viola’s life illuminates the struggles for education common among the women who attended Sage Memorial. Her contributions and experiences as a World War II nurse demonstrate the hardships encountered and outstanding contributions made by many of her fellow alumna.

Additional Information

Pollitt, P.A., Streeter, C.A., & Walsh, C. (2013). A Nurse's Journey: Sage Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Minority Nurse, Fall, 23-7. NC Docks permission to re-print granted by author. Publisher version of record available at: https://minoritynurse.com/a-nurses-journey/
Language: English
Date: 2013
Sage Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Catawba Indian Nation, Viola Elizabeth Garcia

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