The Resource Records of the Virginia Board of Nursing

Records of the Virginia Board of Nursing

Label
Records of the Virginia Board of Nursing, 1903-1984 (bulk 1903-1970)
Title
Records of the Virginia Board of Nursing
Inclusive dates
1903-1984 (bulk 1903-1970)
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Contains correspondence, minutes, reports, law and policy information, and a variety of material associated with nursing organizations on the state and national levels. The bulk of the collection dates before 1970, though there are a few scattered documents from later years. For the most part, the collection is comprised of records from when the Board was known as the State Board of Examiners of Graduate Nurses (1903-1946), and also as the Board of Examiners of Nurses (1946-1970). Files of note include those devoted to Ethel Smith, long-time Secretary-Treasurer of the Board, as well as the correspondence of Julia Mellichamp in her capacity as Secretary-Treasurer. Files containing various reports of the Board, meeting minutes, and the annual reports of the nurse training schools provide detailed information on the Board and its activities. This collection provides an early glimpse into the realm of professional nursing in Virginia
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Dept. of Health Professions (Search Virginia Department of Health Professions as author).
Member of
Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Biographical or historical data
  • The Virginia General Assembly created the State Board of Examiners of Graduate Nurses with the enactment of the Nurse Practice Act in 1903. The purpose of the regulation of nursing by the state was to protect the health and welfare of Virginia's citizenry. The act provided a way to regulate the nursing profession, as well as provide a means to inspect Virginia's many nurse training schools. The Board was responsible for administering the certification examination, first held in Richmond in 1904. The first formal criteria used during school inspections was developed in 1905. A certification process for licensed attendants was added in 1918. Certified tuberculosis nurses were regulated beginning in 1926, and an amendment to the Nurse Practice Act established the regulation of licensed practical nurses in 1946. The categories of clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse aide, and massage therapist were added in later years.
  • The board has been subject to several name changes since its inception. It began as the "State Board of Examiners of Graduate Nurses" in 1903, but later became the "State Board of Examiners of Nurses" in 1946. In 1970, the name was changed to the "Virginia State Board of Nursing," and in 1989 it was again changed to the "Virginia Board of Nursing."
  • Members of the Virginia Board of Nursing are appointed by the Governor to four-year terms. The Board began with five registered nurses, but is now composed of thirteen members. Two important figures featured in this collection are Julia Mellichamp and Ethel Smith, who both served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board during the first half of the 20th century. Mellichamp was the first to serve in this paid position beginning in 1914 and ending in 1920, while Smith served as Secretary-Treasurer and also as Inspector of Training Schools from 1920 to 1937.
  • The Board of Nursing is now part of the Virginia Department of Health Professions. The Department of Health Regulatory Boards was created by an act passed by the General Assembly on March 31, 1977, to provide administrative services to the health regulatory boards of the state. In 1986, the Department of Health Regulatory Boards was renamed the Department of Health Professions.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Records of the Virginia Board of Nursing
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vi00939.html
Note
These records are part of the Virginia Dept. of Health Professions record group (RG# 37)
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
Extent
1.6
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Spokes, Maureen--Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry,
Organization method
Organized into the following series: Series I. Records, 1903-1984.
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001577452
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (4 boxes)

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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