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This collection consists of license applications for certification as registered nurses, 1909-1917. Information on the application forms includes name, date, education, experience, age, residence, school of graduation, and other personal information. The majority of application files include photographs.
In 1909, the Washington State Legislature passed a law establishing the Washington State Board of Nurse Examiners which codified the requirements for professional nurses. It was one of the first states to do so. The established law required nurses to meet education requirements, pass an examination, and apply to be a registered nurse. Applications from 1909-1917 made under this law and kept by the Department of Licensing have been digitized and are accessible online through this collection.
There are 1,193 records in this database.
These records are open for research.
Original record located at Washington State Archives, Olympia, WA.
All records are in English.
To obtain a copy or learn about related records, contact the State Archives at 360.586.1492, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Washington State Archives. Department of Licensing, Business and Professions Division, Registered Nurses Licensing Files.
Database: Washington State Department of Licensing, Business and Professions Division, Registered Nurses Licensing Files. Online 2009. Washington State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State.
Original data entry compiled by Roger Easton, proofed by Rachel Thompson and Mary Hammer.