Learn more about the history of nursing in Cabarrus County
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- History of the Red Cross in Cabarrus County showing that in 1920 the Red Cross chapter hired a Public Health nurse.
- Roberson, A. (July,1947). The six year old gets ready for school in Cabarrus County. The Health Bulletin 12-13. Article about school nursing in Cabarrus County in 1947.
- Drummond, A.Y. (1924) Drummond's Pictorial Atlas of NC. Scoggins Printing Co., Inc, Winston Salem, NC
- 1950s photograph of a home nursing class taught by a Registered Nurse.
World War 1 nurse Ada Estelle Harris of Concord, N.C., Cabarrus County. Entered the service at Camp Meade as Army Nurse, unattached. Joined Dr. Long's Unit from Greensboro, N.C., and sailed for France Sept. 1, 1918, from New York. Landed at Liverpool, Eng. Then went to Havre, France, from there to Brest. Sailed over on Convoy Unit to Base Hospital No. 65--Debarkation Hospital for wounded soldiers to be sent back to the United States. Sailed for USA June 1, 1919. Arrived June 11, 1919. Discharged July 6, 1919, at New York.
- Anne Ferguson (from ML Wyche, History of Nursing in NC 1938)
Anne Ferguson of Concord received her training in Watts Hospital, Durham, NC graduating in 1898. She is a charter member of the NC State Nurses' Association, being one of the fourteen members who went to Raleigh in 1901 to assist in organizing the State Nurses Association. She also has the distinction of being the only graduate of a small NC hospital to receive an appointment from the Army for service in the Spanish American War. Upon her return from war service in May, 1890, she engaged in private duty nursing in Concord. In 1901 Miss Ferguson was elected superintendent of Billlingsley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Statesville. This hospital and Dr. H.F. Long's hospital were merged in March 1905 to become a private institution. Miss Ferguson continued as superintendent of nurses, serving continuously nearly thirty five years, retiring April, 1936, on account of ill health.
As a pioneer in the nursing profession, Miss Ferguson served ably as a leader among hospital executives and over a longer period of time than perhaps any other nurse in the state. Miss Ferguson was secretary treasurer of the Board of Examiners from 1909-1912, a member of the Executive Board of Dunnwyche ( an NCSNA sponsored home for tubercular nurses) and also served as a member of various committees throughout her years of active service. She now (1938) makes her home with her sister in Concord.
Amy Fisher Barrier was born in 1901 in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina to Rev. James Henry Cornelius Fisher and Leah Janette Blackwelder Fisher. Her father was a professor at Mount Amonea Seminary. Barrier graduated from Mount Amonea Seminary, and soon after attended Marion College in Virginia. Barrier officially graduated from Carthage College in Carthage, North Carolina. However, she received her nursing degree from the Cincinnati General Hospital in Ohio in 1927. This was after some thought of becoming a medical missionary to India. Barrier worked in the hospital setting until moving into public health. She completed the public health course at William and Mary College. This took her to work at the Mountain Mission School near Chilhowie, Virginia. Later she became the Lutheran Watauga Parish Nurse in Boone, North Carolina. Barrier was sponsored by the Women’s Missionary Society. Later the State Board of Health started the Health Department, and Fisher became an employee of the state. She continued doing the same type of work in the community. Barrier enjoyed her work in Boone, North Carolina, and later went to receive her Master’s Degree with a concentration in supervision and public health nursing at Columbia University. Barrier excelled in this position and held many supervisory positions. As her career grew she later became the Chief Nurse of the Public Health Nursing Section for the state of North Carolina. She retired in 1967 and returned to her home town of Mt. Pleasant.