Check out this nursing history article...even if just to look at the pictures. Will try to post some here Karen
50 YEARS AT THE DIVISION OF NURSING
UNITED STATES PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
NURSING GAINS A PLACE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL
In 1946 the nursing profession attained a unified voice in the Federal Government in the form of the Division of Nursing (DN). Although it went through a number of transformations, it culminated in the division that exists today as a part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Since its founding, every American has benefited, directly or indirectly, from the division's Federal-level focus on excellent nursing care. Fifty years after it was founded, the DN continues to provide national leadership to assure an adequate supply and distribution of qualified nursing personnel to meet the health needs of the Nation.
The division's overarching goal has always been to assure that patients are provided with the best possible nursing care. For the past 50 years, the DN has undertaken a vital leadership role in advancing the quality of nurse preparation and practice. The first systematic research on nursing questions began with DN assistance. Its nursing manpower projections helped predict future nurse supply needs.
Innovative programs to improve nursing education and practice were designed, implemented, and evaluated under DN leadership. Breaking down barriers to obtaining a professional education is one example of the many ways in which the division was an active force in nursing and in government. Members of disadvantaged and minority groups gained access to nursing through a variety of division-funded programs.
This history of the division is the result of many efforts. Cynthia A. Connolly and Joan E. Lynaugh researched and wrote it.
Great article in full: http://www.bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/50years.htm