'Hidden Nurses' Speak to UVA Medical Students
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A group of black nurses known as the Hidden Nurses are passing on lessons they learned to the next generation of medical professionals.
On Wednesday afternoon, the University of Virginia School of Medicine hosted a Medical Center Hour, where the Hidden Nurses shared advice and words of wisdom.
The Hidden Nurses trained in the 1950s and 1960s in a joint program between Burley High School and the University of Virginia. It was only recently that these nurses received recognition as UVA alumni.
The talk was part of a research project by a student in the UVA School of Nursing. During the talk, students were able to asked questions about their experiences.
Evelyn Gardner, who received her nurse practitioner license in 1961, said although the recognition for her work is coming late, taking care of people is what matters.
"I think that's wonderful because so many years we were not recognized for the duties and the jobs that we were doing. But, you know, at that time it really didn't matter because we were making sure all the patients were taken care of," she said.
Gardner also encouraged those in attendance at the talk to treat their patients with compassion.
Other nurses who graduated from the same program as Gardner were also at Wednesday's talk. Many of them were able to take some time together to reflect on photos of their graduating classes at the School of Nursing.