Johns Hopkins Hospital Nurses in World War I, wearing gas masks, 1918

Nurses wearing gas masks, 1918

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School for Nurses, its alumnae, and the nursing profession were all involved in World War I. Johns Hopkins nurses answered the call to serve well before the United States entered the war in 1917, and several alumni remained in Europe to aid in post war reconstruction. The Great War provided Hopkins nurses with new opportunities to display their leadership in the profession. The war had both a profound effect on individual nurses and raised the profile of the American Red Cross and the nursing profession.

This exhibit explores the ways in which the war provided leadership opportunities for Hopkins nurses before, during, and after the US entry into the war.

All the items in the School of Nursing portion of this exhibit are part of the Johns Hopkins Nursing Historical Collection at the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives.