Cadet Nurse Corps Pledge Pin
During World War II, there was an urgent need to train students ages 17 to 35 to help fill the gap left behind by nurses who had gone overseas to help with the war effort. New nurses were needed to keep the healthcare system running at home. President Roosevelt initiated the Cadet Nurse Corps in 1943 and launched a nationwide recruitment campaign that promised a free education and a monthly stipend of $15 plus room and board. Students took a pledge after completion of the program to go into a branch of the military. Corp members did all functions of a graduate nurse: went to class, worked 12 hour days performing tasks from bathing and treatments to obstetrics and pediatrics. President Truman authorized the United States Public Health Service to become a military branch and oversee the Corps.
U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps induction pledge: At this moment of my induction into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps of the United States Public Health Service: I am solemnly aware of the obligations I assume toward my country and toward my chosen profession; I will follow faithfully the teachings of my instructors and the guidance of the physicians with whom I work; I will hold in trust the finest traditions of nursing and the spirit of the Corps; I will keep my body strong, my mind alert, and my heart steadfast; I will be kind, tolerant, and understanding; Above all, I will dedicate myself now and forever to the triumph of life over death; As a Cadet nurse, I pledge to my county my service in essential nursing for the duration of the war. - source ADVERTISER NEWS > NEWS