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National Organization for Public Health Nursing records

MC 83

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
National Organization for Public Health Nurses.
Title:
National Organization for Public Health Nursing records
Date [inclusive]:
1913-1953
Call Number:
MC 83
Extent:
0.67 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection contains the records of the National Organization for Public Health Nursing. It consists chiefly of minutes from the meetings of the board of directors, committees, and the annual conventions. Correspondence files are also included within the minutes.
Cite as:
National Organization for Public Health Nursing records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

By 1910, more than one thousand organizations were employing visiting nurses across the country. Anxious to better direct this new fields development, a Committee on Visiting Nursing of the American Nurses Association was formed. Chaired by Lillian Wald, this group asked the American Nurses Association and the American Society of Superintendents to appoint a committee to study the feasibility of a third nursing organization. The end result was the creation of the National Organization for Public Health Nursing (NOPHN) in June of 1912. This groups encompassed nurses from visiting nurse associations, anti-tuberculosis organizations, rural health agencies, and industrial health units. Unlike their private-duty counterparts, public health nurses concentrated on contagious disease control, screening, and health education in place of bedside care.

The NOPHN was a cooperative effort between nurses and lay people in the promotion of public health. Its objectives were to stimulate responsibility for health of the community by establishment of extensions of visiting nursing and all other forms of public health nursing; to facilitate efficient cooperation between nurses, physicians, boards of trustees, and other persons interested in public health measures; to develop standards of ethics and techniques of public health nursing; to establish and maintain a central bureau for information, reference, and assistance in matters pertaining to such service; and to publish periodicals and issue bulletins from time to time to aid in the general accomplishment of the organization.

Through an anonymous gift, the NOPHN become the first nursing organization to open an office and hire a full-time executive director, Ella Crandall. Additionally, the Visiting Nurse Quarterly, with its one thousand subscribers, advertising contracts, and remaining budget, was given to the new organization. An association of nurses, lay people, and educational and service agencies, the NOPHN for years pursued its agenda of establishing standards for service and education and ultimately community health. Concluding an era in the history of public health nursing, on June 19, 1952, the NOPHN held its last meeting, voting the dissolution of the organization and the transfer of its interests and resources to the newly formed National League for Nursing.

Scope and Contents

The Center for the Study of the History of Nursing purchased this collection of microfilm from the National Library of Medicine in 1985. The collection consists of 25 microfilm reels (numbered reels 9 through 33). In order to provide greater access to the collection, Center staff examined each reel of film and recorded the information from the title sheets forming part of each reel. Although this information is somewhat crude, it will assist the researcher in finding relevant material.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Center staff, updated by Bethany Myers

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Center with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Acquired from the National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • National Library of Medicine. History of Medicine Division.
  • National Organization for Public Health Nurses.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Microfiche
Occupation(s)
  • Public health nursing
Subject(s)
  • National Organization for Public Health Nursing (U.S.)

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Collection Inventory

Conventions.

Box Roll

Book #2-Biennial Convention Bible, Monitors.

1 9

Book #3-Biennial Convention Bible, Exhibits.

1 9

Proceedings, June 1936.

1 9

Convention Proceedings, May 1917.

1 9

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Board of Directors & Executive Committee.

Box
1
Roll
9
Box Roll
Minutes.
1 9
Box Roll

Jan 1945-May 1947.

1 9

November 1947-October 1948.

1 9

January 1949-October 1949.

1 9

1950.

1 9

1951-1952.

1 10

May 1940-May 1942.

1 10

May 1942-May 1944.

1 10

November 1938-June 1940.

1 10

June 1936-November 1938.

1 10

June 1930-October 1933.

1 10

January 1934-April 1936.

1 11

June 1928-June 1930.

1 11

May 1926-May 1928.

1 11

June 1924-June 1926.

1 11

June 1921-1924.

1 11

1920-1921.

1 11

Book #1, 1912-1919.

1 11

Book #2, 1912-1919.

1 11

Book #3, 1912-1919.

1 11

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Miscellaneous Committees and Programs.

Box Roll

Miscellaneous Manuals, 1928-1935.

1 11

Advisory Committee on Lay Participation, October 13, 1941.

1 11

Agency Adjustments in the National Security Program, January 9, 1951.

1 12

Allocation of NOPHN Functions and Programs, 1950.

1 12

Ex-1, Ex-2, Ex-3, Ex-4, Ex-5.

1 12

Cost in Public Health Nursing, 1945-1949.

1 12

Cost in Public Health Nursing, 1934-1943.

1 12

Education Committee of Board and Committee Members Section.

1 12

Education Committee Minutes, 1930-1950.

1 12

Committee on Accreditation.

Box
1
Roll
13
Box Roll

Index, 1942, 1944-1948.

1 13

Policies of the Committee on Accreditation.

1 13

Collegiate Council of Public Health.

1 13

Committee Eligibility, 1951-1917 (Reverse Chronology).

1 13

Collegiate Council on PHN Education, 1947-1951.

1 13

Nursing Education, 1931-1942.

1 13

Financial Committee Minutes.

1 13

Records Committee Minutes, 1950-1934 (Reverse Chronology).

1 13

Records Committee Minutes, 1926-1936.

1 14

Reprint Committee, 1949.

1 14

Committee on Service Cost & Analysis, 1927-1951.

1 14

Committee on Structure of Nursing Organization.

1 14

Committee on Profit Analysis.

1 14

Staff Minutes, 1948-1950.

1 14

Staff Reports, January 1951-April 1951.

1 14

Council of Branches-Minutes, 1946-1950.

1 15

Advisory Committee Minutes.

1 15

Joint Committee on Structure Minutes.

Box
1
Roll
16
Box Roll

Industrial Nursing Section.

1 16

Park Avenue Building.

1 16

Staff Council.

1 16

Careers.

1 16

Nursing Services.

1 16

Nursing Service Sub-committee on Councils in Community Nursing, 1936.

1 17

Finance Committee, 1941-1942.

1 17

Finance Committee, 1939-1940.

1 17

Committee on Mental Hygiene, 1946-1948.

1 17

Committee on Mental Hygiene, November 1949.

1 17

Conference on Mental Hygiene Education for PHN, November 16-18, 1949.

1 18

Committee on National Improvement of Nursing Services, 1949.

1 18

Unification Accrediting Activities, 1949.

1 18

National Improvement of Nursing Services, 1948.

1 18

Committee on Unification of Accrediting Activities, 1946-1948.

Box
1
Roll
19
Box Roll

Miscellaneous Document, Journals, etc.

1 19

The Promoting Committee for the Study of the Structure of the National Professional Nursing Organizations, 1946.

Box
1
Roll
20
Box Roll

Committee-Minutes, Headquarters Cabinet, 1941-1946.

1 20

Miscellaneous Documents.

1 20

Public Health Nursing Magazine.

1 21

Miscellaneous Material, 1929.

1 21

Correspondence.

1 22

Annual Reports.

1 22

Miscellaneous Materials, 1915-1952.

1 22

Miscellaneous Materials, 1915-1951.

2 23

Miscellaneous Materials, 1925-1951.

2 24

Regional Meeting, April 9-10, 1947.

1 24

Miscellaneous Materials, 1919-1953.

2 25

Membership Lists.

1 25

Joint Project-Report of Development of Criteria for the Evaluation of Psychiatric Nursing.

2 26

Miscellaneous Material.

2 27

Individual Membership Lists, 1936-1938.

2 27

NOPHN-Sub-committee on Accreditation, Special Meeting Proceedings, 1948.

2 28

The Council of State Leagues of the National League of Nursing Education.

2 28

Miscellaneous Material.

2 28

Miscellaneous Material.

2 29

Sophie Nelson's Book of the NOPHN.

2 29

Miscellaneous Material, 1951.

2 30

Financial Statement of 1941.

2 30

ANA Materials.

2 30

Committee on Structure of National Nursing Organizations, 1948.

Box
2
Roll
31
Box Roll

Newspaper Clippings.

2 31

Correspondence.

2 31

Miscellaneous Material.

2 32

Miscellaneous Material, 1934-1953.

Box
2
Roll
33
Box Roll

History Committee.

2 33

Joint Committee on Community Nursing Service.

2 33

National League for Nursing Education.

2 33

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