Nash County


Learn more about the history of nursing in Nash County


         Helene Wiggs of Rocky Mount served in WWII.

  • Parkview Hospital School of Nursing graduates who joined the US Army Cadet Nurse Corps and/or served in WWII were Margaret Flye, Hodgie Shearin, Eloise Hobgood,  Alice Bradley, and Ruth Crowder Williford.
  • Lovie Shelton, RN, nurse and midwife born in Nash County


Schools of Nursing

  • Collins, P (2004). A Historical Case Study of Park View Hospital available from the Park View School of Nursing.
  • Information about Park View Hospital and School of Nursing.
  • Contact CENECS for a thesis and presentation on Park View Hospital School of Nursing written by Patty Collins.
  • Parkview Hospital School of Nursing's 90th reunion.
  • Historical Photograph of the Rocky Mount Sanitarium School of Nursing.


  • Photograph of the ACL Relief Hospital in Rocky Mount
  • West, L. (1917) Commercial exploitation of the pupil nurse. American Journal of Nursing. 18(1)  pp41-44.
  • Biographical Information about Martha Connally Newman, a graduate of Park View Hospital School of Nursing.
  • Information on a nursing exhibit at the Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, NC.  The Country Doctor Museum includes an 1890s Rex Hospital nursing gown, a WWII Cadet Nurse Uniform, numerous caps and capes, Nightingale lamps, pins and rings  and manuals and yearbooks from various schools of nursing in NC.
  • "In health work, Nash is one of the pioneers in the state. It has enjoyed the benefits of a Whole time health officer, welfare officer and county nurse.  A close watch is kept for epidemics ..."  From a 1924 report of the Eastern Carolina Chamber of Commerce.


Patty Collins has been a nurse for 24 years. She received her Associates Degree in nursing from Nash Community College in 1983, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from East Carolina University in 1995, and a Masters Degree in Adult Education from East Carolina University in 2004. She maintains instructor status in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Basic Life Support and she has taken the Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum course through the Emergency Nurses Association. Patty’s clinical experience includes working eight years as a flight nurse and she has worked numerous years in the emergency department and ICU. Patty was also a nursing instructor at Edgecombe Community College for eight years and worked as a clinical nurse educator for three years. In order to maintain her clinical skills, she continues to work in the Emergency Department and ICU at Heritage Hospital in Tarboro, North Carolina. Patty Collins has received numerous awards including the North Carolina Great 100 Nursing Award, the Outstanding Alumni awards from Nash Community College and the Adult Education Department at East Carolina University. She graduated with honors from the School of Nursing at East Carolina and was inducted into the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau.


Fayetteville Observer 
Fayetteville, North Carolina
10 Dec 1922, Sun  •  Page 12

Miss Lucia Freeman Nash County Red Cross public health nurse helps out in New Bern after a major fire.