collage of nursing historyNursing has long been defined as both an art and a science. The untrained nurse is as old as the human race; the educated nurse is a more recent phenomenon. The art of nursing has gone through many stages. From the Civil War to the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing has played a key role in improving people's health and well being. This website is dedicated to sharing the history and heritage of organized nursing in North Carolina.

We welcome input from those interested in the history of nursing in North Carolina. Please send information/materials about individual nurses, schools of nursing, nursing organizations and events of significance to North Carolina nursing history that you think would be beneficial additions to this site to Pamela Price Mitchem at for review.

About Appalachian State's Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing in Appalachian State University’s Beaver College of Health Sciences provides an evidence-based nursing education in an intellectually stimulating and challenging environment that is designed to prepare the beginning nursing professional with the knowledge and skills to practice in diverse settings in a highly complex health care system. The department offers two accredited Bachelor of Science programs: the nursing pre-licensure program and the online RN to BSN program, designed for current registered nurses seeking the bachelor’s degree. The department also offers a Master of Science in nursing program that prepares registered nurses for leadership roles as educators. Learn more at