This white nursing cap is made of cotton and features a green velvet stripe across the front of the upturned brim. It has a label on the interior that reads "Kay's Cap, Green Island, NY".
This cap was worn by a nurse at Pine Rest Hospital. Pine Rest is a mental health complex in Cutlerville, Michigan which was established in 1910 to provide "Christian oriented" mental health care. It established its own nurses' training school in 1918. It was the first program in Michigan to train nurses specifically in working with psychiatric patients. The course consisted of a combination of classroom study and supervised practice in the hospital wards. Coursework included anatomy, physiology, fundamentals of nursing, medical-surgical nursing, psychiatric nursing, psychology and vocational relationships. Their nursing program ran until the 1970s. It was the nurses who had the most sustained contact with the patients and Pine Rest considered them to be an important member of the patient's therapeutic team.
The items in this accession were donated to the Grand Rapids Public Museum following Pine Rest's 100th Anniversary. The staff and volunteers at Pine Rest gathered together hundreds of artifacts, documents, and photographs from their century-long history for the anniversary celebration in 2010. Following those events, Museum staff visited Pine Rest several times, and in consultation with the Pine Rest staff and volunteers, collected over a hundred items that will help tell their stories. The collected artifacts are cataloged individually in this database, while the photographs, documents, and other printed material are described in the finding aid for the Grand Rapids Public Museum's Archival Collection #229.
NURSING: A Dynamic Profession (April 30 – May 29 2016) As a tribute to nurses throughout West Michigan and around the globe, this exhibit celebrates this dynamic profession through artifacts from the GRPM’s Collections and our community partners. From nursing on the battlefield to the ICU, these past and present-day objects connect us to the profound impact nurses have had and continue to have on our lives.
With the health reform of the late 19th century, transforming hospitals from charitable hospices to therapeutic institutions, came a dependance on trained nurses. Nursing quickly became the largest workforce in the healthcare system and continue to be so today.
Nursing is a lifelong pursuit that requires great commitment to patient care and professionalism. Medical science is constantly evolving, thus the nursing profession is constantly changing and nurses must continue to train in new skills and technologies throughout their careers.The GRPM thanks nurses for all they do!
Kays Caps Kays Caps was located in Green Island, New York.
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is a psychiatric hospital and behavioral health provider, with the main treatment campus located in Gaines Township, Michigan. It was founded in 1910 as the Christian Psychopathic Hospital. Pine Rest is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 20 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa.