History of Our Nursing Schools
Genesis HealthCare System has a rich tradition of providing quality health care, and much of that tradition is built upon teaching, training and mentoring potential nurses.
Before coming together to form Genesis HealthCare System, Bethesda Hospital and Good Samaritan Medical Center offered 3-year diploma programs in preparation for graduates to take state boards and become licensed registered nurses (RNs). Although these schools no longer exist, the nurses who passed through their doors continue to preserve their history through alumnae associations.
Through the alumnae associations’ activities, their members remain loyal to the Florence Nightingale pledge: “ … with loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician, in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.” National Nurses Week can be traced back to 1953 and has been recognized since 1974. It is celebrated in May to honor Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of modern nursing.
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