Nurses, Eastern Maine General Hospital, ca. 1943


The U.S. Cadet Nurses Corps was established by Congress in 1943 to relieve the wartime nursing shortage.

Cadet Nurses received a free education in exchange for a promise to remain in the military or essential nursing for the duration of the war. At the program's end in 1948, Eastern Maine General Hospital on State Street in Bangor had graduated 154 nurses as members of the Corps.

The unidentified nurses in this photograph represent one of the classes at EMGH during WWII.

EMGH became Eastern Maine Medical Center in 1969, which is now a member of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

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