Rochester: The Cradle of American Nursing Exhibit

Did you know that the introduction of standards for nursing education in New York State has its roots in Rochester? Before the Nurse Practice Act of 1903, nurse training was mainly performed on the job and lacked consistency. In 1899, however, Sophia French Palmer, superintendent of Rochester City Hospital (later Rochester General Hospital), and Eva Allerton, superintendent of Rochester Homeopathic Hospital (later Genesee Hospital), realized the need for what Miss Palmer referred to as a law that would “require every training school to bring its standard up to a given point.” As a result, New York State awarded its first nursing license in 1904 to Miss Ida Jane Anderson, Rochester Homeopathic Hospital Training School for Nurses Class of 1902. Come to the Rundel Building, 2nd floor, to view photos, ephemera, and artifacts that tell the story of the nursing profession in Rochester! (A joint exhibit of the Rochester Medical Museum and Archives and the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Rochester Public Library.)


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  1. RPL is also the only public library in the nation in the National Library of Medicine’s guide to the history of medicine libraries (because of the Goler papers and the papers of the Health Association).

    • A fact that we are very proud of! 🙂

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