New York, NY: U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, (n. d.). Single poster, printed recto only. Large color half-tone illustration by Edmundson of a hopeful and beautiful Cadet Nurse, looking off into the distance in uniform. 20" x 14-1/8". Buff paper, printed in color. Light age-toning. Horizontal & vertical fold lines. A VG+ copy. Item #45877
The Cadet Nurse Corps program was passed by Congress unanimously and became effective in July of 1943. The Corps was supervised by the United States Public Health Service to train (hopefully) 124,000 young women as nurses during World War II. The plan was to subsidize over 1000 nursing schools for a three-year training program after which they graduates could, if they so desired, become commissioned officers in the Army or Navy nurse corps. The war ended before the first Cadets graduated and only a few entered the military. In its lifetime (1943-48), it was the largest training program in the history of nursing in the United States.