Depression Era

Learn More About Nurses in the Depression Era

  • The federal government’s response to the human suffering experienced during the Great Depression included funding public health nursing programs and public health nursing education. The value of having nurses providing In NC the number of public health nurses increased from 65 in 1933 to 297 in 1940. These new nurses, using funds from the WPA, ERA and the Social Security Act inspected school children, provided home health care and immunized thousands of North Carolinians during this time. The benefits of public health nursing were evident to all.
  • Pollitt, P.A. & Reese, C.N. (1997). Nursing and the New Deal: we met the challenge. Public Health Nursing 14(6). 373-382. Article about nursing in the New Deal in NC.