Playing Nurse

Number of puppets in a set used by pediatric NPs in the '70s to teach kids about hospitals

The Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry contains thousands of artifacts—letters, photographs, diaries, clothing, medical and nursing equipment, and books from the past—that offer a glimpse into the practices and experiences of nurses across time.

Included in its collections is a disparate selection of toys, games, and tools, which offer a vantage on pediatric and public health nursing as well as early promotional items meant to entice children to consider products or urge them toward the profession. A look at a few of those objects BY THE NUMBERS.