Sampson County

Learn more about nursing in  Sampson County


Public health nurse Anne Lamb, one of the original 6 state funded school nurses who traveled across the state together for 38 years was born in Sampson County on December 4, 1897. Hear an interview with her in the Oral History section of this website.

 Mary A. Herring was a US Army WWI nurse from Sampson County.  (b. 9 Dec 1877 - d. 18 Feb 1968)

 Cleone E. Hobbs of Clinton  (b. - d. 11 Nov 1940) was a charter member of the NC State Nurses Association and President of that organization from 1914-1916..  Graduated from St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, PA in 1897.  Worked as a private duty nurse, instructor at UNC-G in science classes and Superintendent of Wilson Sanitarium and Asst Superintendent of Twin Cities Hospital in Winston Salem.  She spent over a decade as a state school nurse.

Susanne C. Small   (b. 1888 - d. 1965) A US Army nurse who served in France through WW-II.

Ruth Holleman was born June 10, 1924 in Sampson County.  A graduate of Westbrook High School, Mary Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing, and the Nurse Anesthesia Program, Bowman Gray School of Medicine/North Carolina Baptist Hospital. Ruth served as chair of Rex Hospital's Department of Anesthesia and later as nurse anesthetist for Dorothea Dix Hospital. She also provided volunteer anesthesia services for St. Agnes Hospital, Central Prison, and Butner Hospital.

Doris O. Melvin Oral History    Doris Onita Melvin (1918-?) of Sampson County, North Carolina, was a career nurse, serving in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) from 1953 to 1975.

Kristina Edwards earned her Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Sampson Community College in 2008.  While there she was active in Phi Theta Kappa (an honor society0 and the Sampson Community College Association of Student Nurses.  She is earning her Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree from East Carolina University.  She  has served as President of District 15 of the NC Nurse Association and won a "Rookie of the Year" Award from the NC Nurse Association in 2010.



  • Our county boasts of economic but progressive county government. The tax rate is smaller than in many other less progressive counties. We have a whole-time Health Officer and trained nurses. Farm demonstrator and superintendent of the domestic science work in the county. A whole-time Welfare Officer, Public Clinics for operations and treatment of venereal diseases, a county farm and home for the poor, aged and infirm people, incapable to provide their own support. 
    • From:  Eastern North Carolina, Where Prosperity is Perennial, Invites You! (1924) Eastern Carolina Chamber of Commerce (Kinston, N.C.)