Subjects:Epidemics, Health care, Health care personnel, Hospitals, Influenza, Medical education, Nurses, Nursing, Poliomyelitis, Race relations, School integration, Teachers, University of Louisville
In 1988, the University of Louisville School of Nursing undertook an oral history project to document the history of its adopted predecessor, the Louisville General Hospital School of Nursing. While alumni of the defunct institution account for the majority of the interviewees, the series also offers recollections of faculty, administrators, staff, public heath officers, and elected officials. The earliest memories of the school date from 1920, the year members of the class of 1922 enrolled.
Narrators discuss key events in the history of the institution and the Louisville area. Nurses tell about taking care of the sick during the 1919 influenza epidemic and the polio epidemics some three decades later, being unemployed and developing the new public health programs during the Great Depression, aiding the displaced during the 1937 flood, and serving in two world wars. Other topics are the changes in the roles of women, the development of nursing education, the transformation of health care technology, integration of the school, health care for black Louisvillians, and the closing of the school. Copyright belongs to University of Louisville