This white nursing cap is made of cotton and has a black velvet stripe across the upturned brim. It has a stamp on the interior that reads "Kay's Cap, Needs No Starch". This cap is also accompanied by its box which has a label on the interior lid that reads "Jean DeVries, Class of 1944".
This graduate nurses cap was worn by Jean DeVries a 1944 graduate of Blodgett Memorial Medical Center School of Nursing.It helps to document the history of a local nurse and the style of uniform that was worn at this time that came to represent the profession. In 1886 the Union Benevolent Association's nursing school was established. It was later renamed to the Blodgett Memorial Medical Center School of Nursing. It was common for hospitals to have nursing schools and this was the first major nursing school in Grand Rapids.
5"" h 8"" w
Current Location Status:
Museum School Programs
Gift of Blodgett Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association
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!