“Mind, Heart, and Hand: A Tribute to Nursing at Syracuse University”

Nursing Cap

In January 2006, the University Archives mounted an exhibition on Nursing as an academic curriculum. This was done as a tribute to the School of Nursing which closed at the end of the spring 2006 semester. The exhibition ran in the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center until May.

The history of Nursing at Syracuse University starts with the surprising realization that the original school was not a University creation.

In 1875 Bishop Frederick Dan Huntington helped found the Hospital of the Good Shepherd. By 1887 the Hospital of the Good Shepherd School of Nursing was established and was recognized by the State Board of Regents in 1903.

In 1915 the Hospital of the Good Shepherd and its School of Nursing became part of Syracuse University. A partial merger of the University and Memorial Hospital Schools of Nursing took place in 1936.

In 1943, with the country at war and an acute nursing shortage nationwide, Chancellor Tolley directed Edith H. Smith to establish a University School of Nursing. Within days of its opening on June 23, 1943 the U.S. War Department announced the creation of the U.S. Cadet Nursing Corps in which the University participated in addition to taking over the training of nurses for Syracuse Memorial and University Hospitals.

The continuing history of the College of Nursing is reflected in the philosophy expressed by its first dean. "Education, we believe, is the development of socially and individually useful people who have acquired a tolerant and sympathetic understanding through the experience of living and working together. It is the encouragement of inquiring and imaginative minds seeking the truth through science, ethics, and human relationships. It integrates The Mind, The Heart, and The Hand in a harmonious and effective personality. The Nursing Education, we believe, offers a complete educational experience."

~ Exhibition curated by Mary M. T. O'Brien