Jackson County


Learn more about the history of nursing in Jackson County


  • "In the heart of the Great Smokies - A modern heart" (1959).Nursing Outlook 7(2).  pp. 88-89. This article has information aboout Mrs. Margaret Roper, a Jackson County Public Health Nurse.
  • Obituary of Mary King Kneedler, RN
  • Rebecca Olson, R.N. received the Carrington Award for Community Service for her efforts on behalf of her community and state and her lifelong commitment to the care of the underserved. Olson, born and reared in Sylva, N.C., practiced in a variety of specialty areas in nursing before returning home to direct the Staff/ Community Education Department at Harris Regional Hospital for several years. She, then, moved to Western Carolina University as assistant professor in the College of Applied Sciences and director of Continuing Education for Nursing
    and Health Sciences. After 12 years she began work in Chapel Hill for The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention on research projects in communities all over North Carolina. During these years, she served in nurse volunteer, volunteer leadership and board positions with: WNC Health Systems Agency, Jackson County Nursing & Domiciliary Care Advisory Committee, WestCare Home Health and Hospice Agencies, Hospice of Orange
    County, the WNC AIDS Project, REACH of Jackson County and the UNC SON Alumni Association Board. Now, after returning to Sylva, she spends time using her skills to serve the local community. She is a member of the Board of
    Directors for Jackson County’s Healthy Carolinians Coalition, co-chair of the School Health Advisory Council, and the executive director and clinic manager for The Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County, a volunteer-based, free clinic for underserved adults in Western North Carolina.
    Olson received her BSN from Carolina in 1974 and later received a
    master’s in Human Resources from Western Carolina University.

Schools of Nursing

  • History of the Western Carolina University School of Nursing.
  • An interview of Public Health nurse  and first Director of the Western Carolina Univeristy Nursing School, Dr. Mary King Kneedler, was conducted by Nurse Jane Plyler for her Masters 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.
  • Article about Mary King Kneedler from the Duke University School of Nursing Alumni magazine


  • Kneedler, M.K. "Salute to the Public Health Nurse".  The Health Bulletin 76(12).