Nurse Corps

The “Sacred Twenty”: The Navy’s First Nurses

By André B. Sobocinski, Navy Medicine Office of the Historian May 13th marks the 104th anniversary of the Navy Nurse Corps. On May 13, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Naval Appropriations Bill authorizing the establishment of the Nurse Corps as a unique staff corps in the Navy.     Initially, all Nurse Corps candidates were required to travel to Washington, D.C., …

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U.S. Naval Hospital Rota Spain recognizes National Nurses Week

By Lt. Cmdr Julie A Conrardy, U.S. Naval Hospital Rota Spain The year of 1908 officially marked the establishment of the Navy Nurse Corps. The first Navy nurses were 20 strong and were dubbed the “The Sacred Twenty” because they were the first to serve as Navy Nurses.  Navy nurses have come a long way in the past 104 years! …

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