WOMEN SERVING THE MILITARY


Cadet Nurse Corps nurse
Minnie Brown, 1944-1947

Credit: Women’s Memorial Foundation


 


Kotex sanitary napkin advertisement appealing to high school graduates to join the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps to help ease the nursing shortage, circa 1944
Credit: Women’s Memorial Foundation

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Cadet Nurse Corps nurse Mary
Tamashiro, 1944-1945

Credit: Women’s Memorial Foundation

The Cadet Nurse Corps recruited nursing students to work in military and other critical care facilities while they were in school. Cadet Nurses were obligated to join the Army or Navy Nurse Corps or perform other critical nursing services in public hospitals for the duration of the war. Although they wore uniforms, the Cadet Nurses were civilians under the auspices of the Public Health Service.


U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps recruiting pamphlet
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Cadet Nurse Corps nurse Dolores Schlueter,
St. Mary’s School of Nursing,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Credit: Courtesy Susan Jollie

Poster, "Save his life…and find
your own. Be a Nurse" 1943

Credit: Library of Congress

 

HEALTH CARE

The nursing shortage became worse as nurses joined the military or took higher paying jobs in government and industry. Nursing students were paid to enter the Cadet Nurse Corps. Married women were encouraged to return to work, and many women volunteered as nursing aides to fill the void. An all out effort was made to encourage trained professionals to return to nursing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congresswoman Frances Bolton authored legislation creating the Cadet Nurse Corps to train nursing students or retrain those who had left the profession at the government’s expense. The Cadet Nurse Corps was the first federal program to provide money directly to students in addition to grants that were paid to the schools.