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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Surgery at Our Saviour's Hospital: 1937

Surgery at Our Saviour's Hospital: 1937

Jacksonville, Illinois. Our Saviour’s Hospital on East State Street opened its doors in 1896. It was later renamed Holy Cross Hospital and now belongs to the MacMurray College nursing program. This picture was taken while my great aunt (one of the nurses pictured) was still a nursing student.

Nursing student ID

Hello KwaKeeSirPeeNeeKu! Thanks so much for sharing this photo, which you indicate includes your great aunt as a student nurse.

Since she is indicated as "one of the nurses pictured" but not identified specifically, may I suggest that after examining the footwear of the nurses present in the room, she may be the nurse standing at the operating bed by herself to the left side of the patient? She is the only one wearing black leather nursing shoes, and in this era of nursing education, there were many hospitals that required students to wear black shoes and stockings and not be allowed to wear white until becoming a graduate/registered nurse.

In any case, it is a wonderful photo, and I have a personal fascination with vintage images of surgery. I was a Certified Surgical Technologist for over 15 years, and performed the role of "Scrub Nurse" during that time with great satisfaction and accomplishment. It was something I hated to leave, but was forced to by virtue of work-related injury and resulting disability.

I hope your aunt found the same satisfaction in her career choice as I did in my own.

 
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