Our early Sisters established schools to ensure a high level of nursing. To this end, St. John's Hospital School of Nursing was founded in 1886 to train the Sisters in Springfield, IL, (1886-present) and it is considered the first Catholic Nursing Program in the United States. The Sisters also founded a School of Nursing in Eau Claire, WI (1917-1932). At both schools, skills were taught for clinical and technical support services including anesthesia, laboratory, EEG, x-ray and pastoral care.
St. John's College of Nursing is under the auspice of HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. For more information, click here.
In 1899, The Nursing Sister - A Manual for Candidates and Novices of Hospital Communities was published and written by our Sisters at St. John's Hospital School of Nursing. In addition, they published a companion guide, Points for the Clinical Record. Three other editions of The Nursing Sister followed (1900, 1903, and 1905 respectfully) and were used through the mid 1920s. Also, the books were requested by other nursing schools in the United States. The first edition is entered according to Act of Congress in 1899 in the office of the Librarian of Congress.