The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, North Fork, and Shelter Island along with Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton will tip their hats to hard-working nurses through the ages with a program on Monday at 6 p.m. at the library.
"A Salute to Nursing Past and Present" was organized by Valerie King of East Hampton, chairwoman of the league's health committee, who will also serve as the program's moderator. She will discuss "the early collaboration between nurses and suffragists," according to the league. "Susan B. Anthony, for example, served as keynote speaker at the 1902 New York State Nurses Convention, and both Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross in 1881, and Lavinia Dock, who formed what later became the American Nurses Association, worked for women’s suffrage."
Dr. King will look back at the nursing school affiliated with the hospital in Southampton.
Panelists for a discussion of the challenges faced by nurses will include Althea Mills, the chief of nursing and vice president of patient care services at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Jennifer Schmidt, Marie Barnes, Catherine O'Brien, all of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and Mary Crosby, president and C.E.O. of East End Hospice. The discussion will touch on nursing in a medical unit and the I.C.U., as well as psychiatric nursing.
The library requests advance registration for this in-person event on its website, by emailing [email protected], or by phoning 631-283-0774, extension 523.
The program will be taped for later airing on Southampton's Sun20TV and its YouTube channel.