History of the Navy Nurse Corps
For nearly 100 years before Congress formally established the Navy Nurse Corps in 1908, women worked as nurses aboard Navy ships and in Navy hospitals. As early as the War of 1812, volunteers performed nursing duty in places that were often dangerous and required courage in the face of adversity.
In and Out of Harm’s Way is a history of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. Through research, interviews, and excerpts from personal and historical correspondence, this history reflects the courage and commitment that formed the Navy Nurse Corps and continue to shape it today.
The author, Doris M. Sterner, was a Navy nurse for 22 years and served all over the world. Her executive skill and “esprit de corps” were crucial to the creative presentation of this history.