The Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry had humble beginnings in McLeod Hall 30 years ago ...

—a few bookshelves, a table and chairs, and a new sign and name that people grumbled was “quite a mouthful.”

But its vision was big and its founders had indefatigable energy. Then doctoral students Arlene Keeling (BSN `74, MSN `87, PhD `92) and Sylvia Rinker (PhD `95), together with UVA nursing professor Barbara Brodie, set about acquiring original documents, photographs, and other material related to nursing and healthcare history, promoting scholarly research, and disseminating findings.

The center today is an active research enterprise with archived collections that cover the breath of nursing history. A special 30 Years in 30 Objects publication celebrates this milestone, and we highlight a few here.

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The Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

One of just three centers in the world dedicated to the exploration and preservation of nursing stories. 

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