Rex Hospital School of Nursing

Rex Hospital School of Nursing
Raleigh, NC
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UNC Rex Hospital is a general hospital located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is the capital city's oldest hospital, founded by a bequest from John T. Rex (1771-1839), a local tanner, in 1894. Originally located on what is now Dorothea Dix campus, and later on St. Mary's Street, Rex is now located in west Raleigh. The first nursing school in NC was affiliated with Rex and operated until 1975; the hospital has been at its current location since 1980.

Rex Hospital operating room, 1909.

Rex Hospital graduates 1942
Above photo: Rex Hospital graduates 1942.


Articles and Publications

  • Debray, J.N. (1965). The effects of a diploma school of nursing on Rex Hospital [master's thesis]. Duke University.
  • Mitchell, M.F. (1987). A half century of health care: Raleigh's Rex Hospital, 1894-1944. North Carolina Historical Review, 64(2), pp.162-198.
  • Taylor, M. et al. (2006). Hospitals. NCpedia. This article has a brief sketch on the history of Rex Hospital, as well as other historic hospitals in the state.
  • Williams, A.C. (1994). Rex Hospital: a centennial celebration. Raleigh, NC: Rex Hospital.
  • Wyche, M.L. (1938). The history of nursing in North Carolina.  University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill. (This book has pictures and text about the beginnings of Rex Hospital and its School of Nursing.)


Newspaper Articles

Compiled by: 
Phoebe Pollitt