Uniform, Michael Reese Hospital Nursing School Student nurse uniform, circa 1905. Cotton gown with linen apron and cap. Gift of Michael Reese Hospital Nurses' Alumnae Association. 1981.50.1d, 1981.50.3a-b
1 student nurse's uniform, 1910s. a) blue dress, b) white apron. Uniform marked P.O.
Student nurse's uniform from Michael Reese Hospital Nursing School, given by the Michael Reese Hospital Nurses' Alumnae Association.
During the early 1900s, students at Michael Reese Hospital Nursing School wore powder blue uniforms with white aprons and ruffled caps. A rigorous three-year program required them to work in the wards while taking classes in anatomy, physiology, and medicine. Nursing students worked twelve-hour days, with one afternoon off each week and two weeks' vacation per year. They received a monthly stipend from $8 to $12 plus free room and board at the nearby nurses' residence. Over the years, school officials made various improvements to the program, including eight-hour days and higher pay. The school continued to operate until 1981.