100 Years of Caring: The History of Highsmith Hospital School of Nursing by Melissa High Clement, ISBN: 1-931575-05-3, 150 pg, 25 photos, perfect bound,   $17.95, + $2.50 P&H. Highsmith Hospital School of Nursing opened its doors in 1899 and closed in 1970, graduating 615 nurses. This is an overview of the school in Fayetteville, North Carolina and interviews with 120 nurses. To order, send check or money order to: Melissa Clement, 106 Crescent Ave., Fayetteville, N. C. 28305. E-mail: clementm at mail.com


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100 Years of Caring

About the Book
From 1899 until 1970, 615 young women persevered through three years of study, grueling work and a strict code of conduct to earn nursing degrees at Highsmith Hospital School of Nursing in Fayetteville, N.C. They learned the tender art and exacting science of nursing through “hands-on”; work with hospital patients. Here 120 Highsmith nurses tell of their 100 years of caring.


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It was not easy for Vennie Tart Geddie to become a nurse. She was born on a farm in Johnston County. When her mother died she was forced to stop school at age 13. Determined to become a nurse, she went back to school at age 20, while still doing farm work and caring for siblings. Rural schools did not offer all the courses she needed to enter Highsmith but when the staff heard of her perseverance, she was allowed to earn needed credit at a nearby high school while attending Highsmith. She graduated in 1938 and went on to study surgical nursing at Cornell in New York. Vonnie Powers' father did not want his daughter to become a nurse. Unable to get a ride to Fayetteville, she walked 25 miles to apply. Dr. Highsmith let her enter, although she was underage at age 17. She later became his nurse and remained loyal to him throughout his life.

Highsmith nurses served during World War II, became missionaries and worked with space programs. Wherever life took them, they earned the respect of all they served.


About the Author
Melissa High Clement is an artist and journalist in Fayetteville, N.C. She became interested in the story of Highsmith Nurses while writing an article for The Fayetteville Observer. She was impressed with the loyalty they held for their school, their profession and their classmates.


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