Watts Hospital School of Nursing

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  • Reynolds, P.P. (1991).  Watts Hospital of Durham, North Carolina, 1895-1976: Keeping the Doors Open.  Fund for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education in North Carolina : Durham, N.C. 
  • A tradition of excellence:  pictorial history of the Watts School of Nursing (2006).  Durham, NC, Watts School of Nursing.
  • The Eightieth year of quality health care to the community. (1975).  Durham, NC:  Watts School of Nursing.
  • Endangered Durham website information about Watts Hospital
  • Nurse Vashti Bartlett becomes head nurse at Watts Hospital in 1914.
  • Drummond, A.Y. (1924) Drummond's Pictorial Atlas of NC.  Scoggins Printing Co., Inc, Winston Salem, NC
  • Archival materials are found in the Watts Hospital School of Nursing History Room.   Ms. Donna Rogers, MSN, of the School is the chief archivist and historian of WHSON.Watts School of Nursing Celebrates 110 Years
  •   From the Durham Regional Hospital newsletter, May 9, 2005

    Durham, NC--Watts School of Nursing (WSON) will celebrate its 110th anniversary at a tea reception in the First Level Classroom of Durham Regional Hospital Friday, May 13 from 2 to 4p.m.

    “This is a very special day for us. Watts School of Nursing has a long-standing reputation for excellence in nursing education and the distinction of being the oldest nursing program in North Carolina and the first diploma program in the state to achieve National League for Nursing accreditation,” says Peggy Baker, Ed.D., executive director for WSON. “We are very proud of our tradition of 110 years of nursing education excellence.”

    The celebration will include a tribute to Nannie Moore Blackwood, class of 1936. The family of Ms. Blackwood will present the Nannie Moore Blackwood Scholarship Award, which will be given every semester to a senior nursing student at graduation. H. Max Schiebel, MD, will be honored for his numerous contributions to Watts Hospital, where he was a physician for more than four decades.

    Watts School of Nursing History project highlights will be on display along with two vintage Army Nurse cadet uniforms, unveiled for the first time and displayed on mannequins, and several other historical student uniforms. Musical entertainment will be provided, and alumni will be available for interviews. A tour of Watts School of Nursing and the Ruby Bailey Pierce Skills Center will be given.

    About Watts School of Nursing
  • Watts School of Nursing, organized and incorporated in 1895 as part of Watts Hospital, was donated and endowed by George W. Watts for the people of Durham and Durham County. At the dedication, Watts indicated that the hospital was to be used for the care of the sick and for the training of nurses. The school began its mission as a two year diploma program, graduating the first Watts nurse in 1897, Ethel Clay Price.

    Under the direction of visionary leaders, Watts evolved into a prestigious educational resource in North Carolina -- becoming, in 1956, the first diploma program in the state to achieve National League for Nursing accreditation, according to Baker.