Photographs ➔ Photograph, Mayor William Timmers with Nurse Lillian Huisken
A photograph of Mayor William Timmers with Nurse Lillian Huisken placing a pin on his lapel. This picture was likely taken on the stairs of the Grand Rapids City Hall during the 1930s. This photograph may have been taken while Timmers was serving terms as the Mayor of Grand Rapids in 1934 and 1935 or earlier when he was serving on the Board of Education beginning in 1924. Nurse Lillian Huisken is wearing her nurses uniform with cape that reads the iniatials, "U.M." which likely stands for University of Michigan where she was a nursing student. Huisken is listed as having graduated from the School of Public Health with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1948. During her career, Nurse Huisken would become a missionary nurse, serving in Africa and the Middle East.
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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!