Alamance County

Region: 
Piedmont

Learn more about the history of nursing in Alamance County

Quick Facts about Alamance County

People and Biographies

  • Elizabeth Scott Carrington Outstanding nurse who was instrumental in the founding of the first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in North Carolina at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1950.
  • Elizabeth Scott Carrington of Burlington helped establish the UNC School of Nursing as
    the first nationally-accredited nursing school in North Carolina. Following a 16-year stint as
    a student, nurse and instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, she
    returned to Alamance County, where during World War II she trained and supervised the
    staffing of nurses aides in hospitals. In 1953, Ms. Carrington chaired an advisory committee
    to formulate the policies of the new four-year nursing school of the UNC Medical School.
    Through her work to improve nursing education, she became a recruiter, program planner,
    lobbyist and fundraiser and secured $5 million for the nursing school. She was instrumental
    in establishing the continuing education program at the UNC School of Nursing, the first
    statewide program of its kind in the nation.
  • Elizabeth Scott Carrington was born to Robert and Elizabeth Scott on October
3, 1902.  Carrington was an outstanding nurse and nursing educator who was
 instrumental in the founding of the first Bachelor of
 Science in Nursing (BSN) program in North Carolina at the 
University of North
 Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1950.  She earned her BSN from the 
 University of Pennsylvania 
School of
 Nursing in 1926, and her Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from the same
school in 1940.  Carrington simultaneously joined the nursing faculty at the 
University of Pennsylvania, and Supervised the Operating Room staff at the 
University of Pennsylvania Hospital.  She
 returned to Alamance County in 1941 to marry.  Due to the nursing shortage 
caused by World War II she went to work immediately in Alamance General 
Hospital training and supervising nurses and nurses aides. In 1953, Carrington 
began chairing a state wide advisory
 committee
 to promote, and develop the new four-year nursing school at 
the University
 of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She held this office for over a decade.  Carrington became a recruiter, program planner, lobbyist, and a fundraiser organizer securing a $5 million gift for the nursing school.  She was also
 instrumental
 in establishing the continuing education program at the UNC School 
of Nursing.  This was the first
 statewide program of its kind in the nation.  In 1969, to honor her lifelong
 work to better the nursing profession, the School of Nursing at UNC- Chapel Hill was named Carrington Hall.

  • Personal and family correspondence of the Foust family, an African-American family living in rural Alamance County, N.C., concerning their daily lives, efforts to make a living, and education, including Edna Lee Foust's training as a nurse.
  • Margaret Ida Neville Stafford (1884-1969) worked as a private duty Registered Nurse (RN) around Burlington, N.C. Her  day book records her nursing assignments from 1915-1918. Each entry includes the patient's name, medical diagnosis and outcome, attending physician, the amount of time that Stafford spent caring for the patient, and her fee. A brief biographical sketch and family history of Margaret Ida Neville Stafford that was written in 2003 by Frances A. Campbell, Stafford's great-niece, is also included.
  • An interview of Public Health Nurse Mary King Kneedler was conducted by Nurse Jane Plyler for her Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Thesis in 1980.  Plylers' Masters Thesis and the original recordings can be found in the Southern Collection in Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Nurse Lala Lee Paris was a nurse in the county from at least 1930-1970s.  She was Senator B. Everette Jordan's nurse when he died.

Special Topics

  • School Health Program: Nichols, D.W. (1954).  A school health program in a North Carolina County.  Nursing Outlook, 2 (6) 320-323. This article describes the school nursing program in Alamance County in 1954.

More Resources

The May Memorial Library in Alamance County maintains clipping files, photographs and other materials related to nursing history in the county.(look for clippings under "health", "hospitals" and "schools".)

A public health nurse makes a home visit in 1950 rural Alamance County

Photograph courtesy of the Health Bulletin. NC Department of Health