Nursing Media Awards (Print
Nursing at Two Hundred
Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Nursing & Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses' Alumnae Association
As Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) prepared to mark its bicentennial, the Department of Nursing and MGH Nurses’ Alumnae Association joined forces to produce a commemorative book. Published during Nurse Recognition Week in May 2011, Nursing at Two Hundred provides a rare overview of 200 years of nursing and nursing education at the country's third-oldest general hospital and third-oldest school of nursing using the Nightingale model. The 256-page hardcover commemorative book offers a lively combination of more than 170 historic images and written reflections, taking the reader on a journey from the sparse beginnings of nursing in America in the early 1800s to the emergence of the "trained" nurse to the professionalization of nursing and development of nursing practice. Nursing at Two Hundred touches on highlights and major milestones — the people and events — that helped shape the profession.
Nursing at Two Hundred is an archive of nursing history at Massachusetts General Hospital. Several timeless themes dominate the book, such as the commitment to expert nursing care, a love of lifelong learning, the importance of sharing knowledge, the contributions of nurses to the profession, and the history of nurses serving community and country. From nurses during wartime to the growth of clinical programs and research developed in the more modern era, Nursing at Two Hundred is a celebration of the profession.