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Image: D17538-4 In May of 1944, World War II was in full swing and the United States government wanted to make sure that the country had enough nurses for the duration. The Cadet Nurse Corps was created to fill that need. In Tacoma, cadet nurses trained and studied at both St. Joseph's School of Nursing and Tacoma General. This photograph, taken in the surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital shows (l to r) Mrs. Darlene St. Onge, supervisor of surgery, U.S. Cadet Nurse Patricia Richards, Dr. R. Merrick, U.S. Cadet Nurse Eldoris Miller and Lucille Edwards. The 'patient' is not identified. The Cadet Nursing program existed from 1943-48 and although the women wore a uniform, they were civilians. The government paid for their training and a stipend and they agreed to work wherever they were needed. The nurses' corps is credited with keeping homeland hospitals open during the war. Over 124,000 women served their country during World War II in the civilian nursing corps. (T. Times, 5/11/44, p. 1).
(T. Times, 5/11/44, p. 1).
Image: D17538-4 In May of 1944, World War II was in full swing and the United States government wanted to make sure that the country had enough nurses for the duration. The Cadet Nurse Corps was created to fill that need. In Tacoma, cadet nurses trained and studied at both St. Joseph's School of Nursing and Tacoma ...
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