Archives & History
Some California ENA records are deposited with the UCSF Library Archives. They are not accepting collections from new organizations, as they do not have the staff or the space. We are very lucky to be able to deposit our records.
The Museum of Medical History in Sacramento at 5380 Elvas Ave. is the depository for all equipment of ages past. It is a wonderful place to see some of the instruments and equipment used in the past. I even remember using some of it. My reason for being there was the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Children’s Hospital Nurse’s Alumnae Association of San Francisco. The Alumnae Association learned about the UC Archives when it first opened; that is how Cal ENA now has a deposit of records there.
The Cadet Nurse Corps
Liz Taylor, Cal ENA Historian – My Background:
In 1945 after I had just entered nursing school the war ended so I did not have a military assignment. My entire nursing school education was paid for. We also received $5/mo. during our “probie” period, $10 /mo. the next 2 years and then $15 /mo. the last 6 mo. Uniforms, books and all equipment was paid for besides. What a deal that was.
CADET NURSE PLEDGE
“At this moment of my induction into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps of the United States Public Health Service, I am solemnly aware of the obligations:
I assume toward my country and toward my chosen profession;
I will follow faithfully the teachings of my instructors and the guidance of the physicians with whom I work;
I will hold in trust the finest traditions of nursing and the spirit of the Corps;
I will keep my body strong, my mind alert, and my heart steadfast;
I will be kind tolerant, and understanding;
Above all, I will dedicate myself now and forever
to the triumph of life over death;
As a Cadet Nurse, I pledge to my country my service
in essential nursing for the duration of the war.”
77th Congress appropriated funds for the training of nurses by refresher courses; post-graduate education in special fields; and increased student enrollment in basic nursing schools through the Labor Federal Security Agency Appropriation Act of 1942.
March 20, 1943
July 1, 1943
June 23, 1943
First assignees were to the Navy, Indian Health Services, Veterans Administration, Marine Hospital, Public Health Service and 700 women were assigned to Army Hospitals.