Marker 186: Saint Mary's School of Nursing

© Photographed August 14, 2016
Erected 1972 by St. Mary's School of Nursing Alumnae
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
43° 3.607′ N, 87° 52.737′ W

Saint Mary's School of Nursing
Saint Mary's Training School for Nurses
Formal nurses training in the United States began in Boston in 1872. In 1888, the Women's Club of Wisconsin organized the Wisconsin Training School for Nurses patterned after the Bellevue School of Nursing in New York.

In 1894, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent dePaul launched Wisconsin's first private hospital organized training school for nurses at St. Mary's Hospital, Milwaukee. The two year curriculum was expanded to three in 1901 and a diploma awarded upon graduation. The school incorporated separately in 1912, became state accredited in 1913 and nationally accredited in 1940.

Affiliation with other institutions of learning began in 1924. The name was changed in 1932 to denote the transition from training to education.

Rising costs and growth of college degree programs brought voluntary dissolution in 1969 after graduating 1,913 nurses.
The marker is located on the grounds of historic Saint Mary's Hospital and is accessible from southbound North Terrace Avenue, at its T-intersection with North Wahl Avenue, at or near 2328 North Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211.

The marker was placed at St. Mary's Hospital to commemorate the hospital's founding as St. John's Infirmary 125 years earlier.

Wisconsin Historical Society: St. Mary's School of Nursing Records, 1894-1972

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Screenshot of vintage postcard provided by
St. Mary's Hospital, Milwaukee, Wis.

Loads of parking at this marker location.
The marker is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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