This record collection in Ancestry.com contains images of membership cards that provide details on women who joined the Cadet Nurse Corps created during World War II.
To address the urgent wartime need for additional nurses, Congress authorized the Cadet Nurse Corps in 1943. The Corps paid tuition, fees, and stipends and provided uniforms to women ages 17–35 who went to nursing school and committed to serve in the nursing profession for the duration of the war. The Corps did not discriminate on basis of race and graduated nearly 125,000 nurses.
Cadet Nurse Corps membership cards provide details about women who joined the Corps. There are four different types of membership card, one of which recorded post-graduate nursing education.
Information provided varies by type of card, but can include:
Name (printed and signature)
Age on date of admission to Cadet Corps
Date of birth
Date of admission to nursing school
Date of admission to Cadet Corps
Date of beginning of Senior Cadet status
Date of issuance of Certificate of Membership
Signature of Director, School of Nursing
Graduation or withdrawal date
Some cards also ask for:
Name of father, guardian, or husband
Occupation of father, guardian , or husband
You can search by name of the cadet, or browse by state and school. Numerous St. Louis schools of nursing are included, among them Barnes Hospital, City Hospital, DePaul Hospital, and Homer G. Phillips Hospital.
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