America's first formally educated Nurse Anesthetist

  1. sr. bernard sheridan
    (1860-1924)

    celebrating america's first formally educated nurse anesthetist, trained and educated by saint vincent's hospital, erie, pennsylvania

    view pictures of the dedication ceremony


    www.archivists.org/periodicals/ao_backissues/ao-july05.pdf
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Nov 30, '06
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  3. by   deepz
    Wonder where the PANA came up with the formally educated part.

    Ira Gunn, writing in the history chapter of Nag & Zag, refers back to Thatcher:

    "Sister Mary Bernard founded the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita, Kansas, and in 1877 entered St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, to train as a nurse. A year later she took over the anesthesia duties of the hospital..........." (First Edition, p.4)

    A year later??!! In one year she became a nurse AND an anesthetist! How do we define 'formal education' I wonder?


    deepz

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