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Training Colored Nurses At Tuskegee

Washington Booker T.
AJN The American Journal of Nursing: February 2014
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000443768.27635.c6
From the AJN Archives: PDF Only

Editor's note: From its first issue in 1900 through to the present day, AJN has unparalleled archives detailing nurses’ work and lives over the last century. These articles not only chronicle nursing's growth as a profession within the context of the events of the day, but they also reveal prevailing societal attitudes about women, health care, and human rights. Today's nursing school curricula rarely include nursing's history, but it's a history worth knowing. To this end, From the AJN Archives will be a frequent column, containing articles selected to fit today's topics and times.

In honor of Black History Month, we chose to print an excerpt from an article written by Booker T. Washington about the nursing program at the school he founded, the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, now known as Tuskegee University. Published in AJN’s December 1910 issue, the article provides a look at nursing education and roles at the time, and statements like “One of the most successful of our graduates… is now constantly employed by the best white physicians” give insight into Washington's philosophy of race relations in the late 1800s and early 1900s as well as reasons for the controversies surrounding it. To read the full article, go to

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