University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Kathy Quirk

Bookmark and Share
Dec 19, 2008 
Nursing calendar has UWM touch
Nursing calendar image

A University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) professor is helping the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) celebrate its 100th anniversary this year with a commemorative calendar featuring key dates in nursing history.

Laurie K. Glass, UWM professor emerita of nursing and director of the Center for Nursing History at UWM, collaborated with Vivien DeBack, former adjunct faculty member at the UWM College of Nursing, in compiling the WNA’s Centennial Celebration Calendar, which covers 15 months – October 2008 to December 2009.

The Association will actually kick off the 100th anniversary in October 2009 with a celebration at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel, where the association met in its first years. The calendar lays the groundwork for the yearlong celebration. A book on the history of WNA will debut at the 2009 convention.

In addition to holidays, meeting notices, and birth and death dates of well-known local, national and international nurses, the calendar celebrates and honors nursing history with hundreds of fascinating historical footnotes. For example, the Oct. 14 entry informs readers that when U.S. Presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt was shot in Milwaukee in 1912, Wisconsin nurse Regine White helped care for him. The calendar notes that Lt. Jerome Olmsted, the only Wisconsin nurse to die from enemy fire in Vietnam, was killed on Nov. 30, 1967. 

National and international landmark dates are also noted. A few examples: Linda Richards graduated from New England Hospital as the first trained nurse in the U.S. on Oct. 1, 1873; Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross, was born on Dec. 25, 1821; and, on May 5, 1942, World War II Army/Navy nurses were taken captive in the Philippines. 

The calendar is illustrated with dozens of historical pictures, starting with a cover featuring the 1927 WNA Convention in Milwaukee (with not a male nurse to be seen in the group of a hundred or so nurses that year). Julia Poulsen Durand, an active member and leader of WNA for 76 years, is featured in photos from 1931 and 2007. She’ll celebrate her 100th birthday on Oct. 29, 2009 – it’s noted on the calendar. There are photos of nurses hard at work and studying in class, as well as nurses playing badminton and wearing their party masks at a state convention.

Copies of the calendar are $5 and are available from the Wisconsin Nurses Association or by contacting Glass at