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Historical Items

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Item 8651

MGH School of Nursing, Portland, 1950

Contributed by: Maine Medical Center Archives Date: 1950 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 104018

Queen's Hospital School of Nursing graduates, Portland, 1933

Contributed by: Northern Light Mercy Hospital Date: 1931 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 104026

Mercy School of Nursing capping ceremony, Portland, ca. 1970

Contributed by: Northern Light Mercy Hospital Date: circa 1970 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Practical Nursing in Waterville

The Maine School of Practical Nursing opened a facility in Waterville in 1957 and continued teaching practical nursing there until about 1980 when changes in the profession and in the state's educational structure led to its demise.


Sarah Sampson: Caring for Soldiers, Orphans

Sarah Sampson of Bath went to war with her husband, a captain in the 3rd Maine Regiment. With no formal training, she spent the next four and a half years providing nursing and other services to soldiers. Even after her husband became ill and returned to Maine, Sampson remained in the Washington, D.C., area aiding the sick and wounded.


One Hundred Years of Caring -- EMMC

In 1892 five physicians -- William H. Simmons, William C. Mason, Walter H. Hunt, Everett T. Nealey, and William E. Baxter -- realized the need for a hospital in the city of Bangor had become urgent and they set about providing one.

Site Pages

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Mercy Hospital - School of Nursing - Page 1 of 3

… ether anesthesia by drop method; giving nursing care, post-op, for two or three weeks.” In the 1890s the organizations that became the American…

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Mercy Hospital - School of Nursing - Page 2 of 3

… Customs and Rules at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Mercy School of Nursing students, Portland, 1977Item Contributed byMercy Hospital…

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Mercy Hospital - School of Nursing - Page 3 of 3

… A 1965 letter of thanks gushed that “These nurses in Special Care Units certainly exemplify the high class training they received in their student…

My Maine Stories

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Nursing at Mercy Hospital during WWII
by Roberta Loring

Education and nursing at Mercy Hospital during World War II.


Appreciation sign for essential health care workers
by Henry J Gartley

A neighbor expresses their appreciation for the workers at a local nursing home.


My Mom was a nurse in the 8055 MASH, Korea
by Pat MacPherson

I’m so proud of my mother and the thousands of Army & Navy nurses who served in WWII & Korea

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Healthcare History in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to read and analyze letters, literature, and other primary documents and articles of material culture from the MHS collections relating to how people in Maine have given and received healthcare throughout history. Students will discuss the giving and receiving of medicines and treatments from the 18th-21st centuries, the evolving role of hospitals since the 19th century, and how the nursing profession has changed since the Civil War. Students will also look at how people and healthcare facilities in Maine have addressed epidemics in the past, such as influenza and tuberculosis, and what we can learn today from studying the history of healthcare and medicine.