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A Timeline of Milestones in Nursing History (national and international events are in italics)
||Nightingale Training School for Nurses
is established in England.
||U.S. has 22 schools of nursing.
||36-bed Mary Hitchcock Memorial
Hospital and MHMH Training
School for Nurses open.
||American Society of Superintendents
of Training Schools is founded.
||MHMH nursing course increases
from two to three years.
||Graduate Nurses of New Hampshire
formed; group lobbies for state registration
||Psychiatric rotations at New Hampshire
State Hospital begin (end in
1914). State's first Nurse Practice
||First formal SON graduation held.
||First college nursing program opens.
||Alumnae association formed. First
state board exam given.
||Billings-Lee opens as a nurses' dorm.
||U.S. has 3,000 diploma schools.
||Committee for Study of Nursing and
Nursing Education decries exploitation
of student nurses as cheap labor.
||School starts admitting students in
classes instead of one at a time.
||Hitchcock Clinic founded.
||Word "training" deleted from SON
name; it's now the MHMH School
||MHMH is among first to undergo
voluntary assessment by Committee
||on the Grading of Nursing Schools.
First catalogue published.
||Building 37 opens as a nurses' dorm.
||Nursing research begins to be done.
||MHMH participates in U.S. Cadet
Nurse Corps program.
||Affiliation made with New Hampshire
State Hospital in Concord
(ends in 1964).
||First yearbook is published.
||Building 50 opens as a nurses' dorm.
||SON temporarily accredited by National
League for Nursing (NLN).
||The Journal of Nursing Research, the
first such journal, is established.
||Affiliation made with Boston Lying-
In Hospital (ends in 1962). MHMH
opens one of the nation's first ICUs.
||Affiliation made with Boston Children's
Hospital (ends in 1968).
||Department of Nursing organizes as
two entities: service and education.
||SON gets full NLN accreditation.
||Team nursing, a national trend, is a
clinical requirement at MHMH.
||NLN accredits SON for only two
years, indicating serious problems.
||Psychiatric affiliation made with
Danvers (Mass.) State Hospital.
||First male student enters SON (11
graduate by the time it closes).
NLN renews accreditation.
||American Nurses' Association says the
minimum preparation for nursing
should be a bachelor's degree.
||MHMH has 420 beds.
||MHMH becomes part of DHMC.
||SON faculty holds a conference on
the future of nursing.
||SON issues a report recommending
the school be closed.
||MHMH Trustees accept closure recommendation.
Last class enters.
||Since 1967, diploma programs have
dropped from 840 to 428, baccalaureate
programs risen from 188 to 329.
||Last class graduates. MHMH has
trained 1,850 nurses in 87 years.
||Colby-Sawyer College, in affiliation
with MHMH, begins a bachelor's
program in nursing.
||National Center for Nursing Research
opens at National Institutes of Health.
||DHMC moves to Lebanon, N.H.
||Dartmouth-Hitchcock Air Response
Team begins operation;
team includes flight nurses.
||American Nurses Credentialing Center
awards DHMC "Magnet" status,
recognition of meeting the highest
standards of nursing excellence.
||DHMC starts a nurse residency program
using patient simulators.
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