KUDOS to the early medical pioneers that advocated for higher levels of health care in the islands!
Dr. Mortenson, Dr. Knud-Hansen, Dr. Christensen, Dr. Stafford, Dr. Lanclos and Dr. Sumner were just a few of the individuals who made a difference in the medical and dental fields during the early twentieth century.
Prior to 1917, there were just a few dedicated caregivers to assist these doctors.
After the islands were transferred to the United States, funds became available to begin a Nurse's Training School.
Graduates of the Nursing Training School
In 1932, as 13 new graduates received their diplomas and pins, Dr. Knud-Hansen reminisced about the early days.
Miss Ianthe Blyden, Chief Nurse, Miss Brian and Miss Seaton were the first nurses to train the early enrollees, all the while taking care of a hospital filled to its capacity with 120 patients.
No surgeon is stronger than his weakest nurse, Dr. Knud-Hansen said.
One slacking, careless nurse may spoil or cripple that precious thing we call life, while a good nurse with her heart in her work may bring relief, make life bearable, where even the best of doctors fail.
Many years later, my mother became a registered nurse.
She cared for school children at both the Charlotte Amalie and Ivanna Eudora Kean high schools.
Thank you to all the medical professionals who devote their time helping others restore their health and sense of well-being.