NC Board of Health Timeline 1919-1940 as it relates to nurses

NC Board Of Health Timeline items related to nursing published in the 29th Biennial Report, 1942 1888-1942







In September, Mrs. Kate Brew Vaughn, Director of the bureau of Infant hygiene resigned. The bureau (sic) was reorganized under and understanding with the American Red Cross and was enlarged to include in addition to infant hygiene, the problem of public health nursing, the name of the Bureau being changed to that of “Bureau of Public Health Nursing and infant hygiene” … In December, Miss Rose M. Ehrenfeld took change of the new Bureau and began its organization and work.



On April 1, 1922, the Bureau of Public Health and Infant Hygiene was reorganized and retitled as the Bureau of Maternity and Infancy. This Bureau was funded by the federal government ($27,259.66 annually)with Shepard-Towner funds (and act for the promotion of the welfare of mothers and infants) Miss Erherfeld was the supervisor of nursing in the department.



“During this year a corps of nurses employed in the Maternity and Infancy Division of the Board, one half of whose expenses were paid by the Federal Government with Shepard-Towner Funds, held midwife classes in almost 30 counties of the state. The nurses gave special instruction to midwives in groups and the county authorities enacted midwife rules and regulations for the control of their practice.”



On February 1, funds from the Social Security Act became available to the State Board of Health,   Field training, in public health nursing, held in conjunction with the new School of Public Health at UNC were funded.



Using funds from the Social Security Act, more public health nurses were employed throughout the state. Miss Mabel Patton, a qualified nurse joined the staff of the Division of Preventive medicine as a consultant nurse, representing the Children’s Bureau.



On March 15, 1937, Miss Frances R. Pratt, a specially trained nurse under the auspices of the State Maternal health league, joined the sub staff of the Division of Preventive Medicine. Miss Pratt’s work was financed by an individual contribution from an outside agency. Her work has been to organize through the medical profession and the local health officers on a voluntary basis, a system of contraceptive control work when based on medical needs. Her work has been successful and has been a welcome and needed addition to the staff work.



December 31, 1939, Miss Josephine Daniels resigned as consultant in public health nursing in the Division of County Health Work.



On March 1, Miss Amy L. Fisher became the consultant nurse in the Division of County Health Work, She had been the supervising nurse at the Durham Co Health Department.