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Jane Evans Nash

Jane Evans Nash


Nash, a longtime superintendent of the Church Home and Hospital School of Nursing, was born in Pennsylvania. She received her nurses’ diploma from Bellevue Hospital in New York City in 1903. Nash worked as a private duty nurse in New York and then became the Matron of Bellevue Hospital in 1906. She served as superintendent of the Latter Day Saints’ Hospital in Salt Lake City beginning in 1908, and returned to Bellevue in 1910 to engage in social work.

By 1911 she was made superintendent of Fordham Hospital in New York before moving to Baltimore. She served as superintendent of Baltimore’s Church Home and Hospital School of Nursing for nearly 40 years, from 1912 to 1950. Along with Margaret Elliott, director of nursing education, Nash reformed and modernized nursing education in the school, and began the practice of subject examinations for student nurses. During this time, she was active in developing a graduate nurses’ registry, and guided the school through construction and transition projects. Nash also served as president of the Maryland State Nurses Association for eight years.

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