PHOENIX – Dr. Elsie Szecsy will present a talk, "The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in Arizona: Stories of Service," as part of the State of Arizona Research Library's 2021 Arizona Author Series. The talk is at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 20, and will be held virtually on Cisco WebEx Meetings. Attendees are encouraged to register at https://azsos.libcal.com/calendar/starl/azmay2021. After the talk, there will be time for questions from the audience.
The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps was the nation's first federally funded education program for women. This program, administered by the U.S. Public Health Service, operated from 1943 to 1948 and addressed a critical shortage of nurses stateside during World War II. Through this presentation, we will learn about the program's features and the history of the five participating hospital schools of nursing in Arizona. We will also experience some of the music and video of the time that inspired young women to patriotism through service in the corps and recent reflections of some cadet nurses on their service over 75 years ago.
Dr. Szecsy is an emerita academic professional at Arizona State University, where she was a researcher in leadership and educational equity topics for about 14 years. During her last years at ASU, she became interested in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps by way of some historical research related to her mother's participation in the program. This interest led to the publication of two books and at least a dozen presentations on cadet nurses and the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. Dr. Szecsy also curates the uscadetnurse.org website, which aggregates resources for those with interest in sharing information, and is the founding president of the USCADETNURSE.ORG Foundation, which is devoted to building leadership in recognizing cadet nurses.
This is a virtual presentation. For more information, contact the State of Arizona Research Library at 602-926-3870 or visit the website at https://azsos.libcal.com/. The library also provides information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/starlazlibrary/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/StateLibAZ. This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.