Resolution J3099-2013

Commemorating July 1, 2013, as the 70th Anniversary of the creation of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps

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  • May 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 30, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 24, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating July 1, 2013, as the 70th Anniver-
sary of the creation of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps, and  honor-
ing the women who served in the Corps

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commemorate signif-
icant  events  which  represent turning points in our unique history and
which are indelibly etched in the saga of our great Nation; and
  WHEREAS, Organizations which have served the interests of  the  people
of  the Nation and our great Empire State merit the commendation of this
Legislative Body; and
  WHEREAS, Members of the United States Cadet Nurse  Corps,  who  served
our  Nation  so  valiantly  and honorably, deserve a special salute from
this Legislative Body; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate July 1, 2013, as the 70th  Anniversary  of  the  creation  of  the
United  States  Cadet Nurse Corps, and honor the women who served in the
Corps; and
  WHEREAS, After the United States entered World War II, the demand  for
nurses  increased  dramatically,  outstripping the supply and creating a
nursing shortage; the instructional staff and the facilities of existing
civilian schools of nursing needed to be strengthened; and
  WHEREAS, In order to alleviate the critical shortage of nurses  during
the  war,  a  plan  was conceived so that nursing students would receive
accelerated training, and their services would be used even  while  they
were still in training; and
  WHEREAS,  On  29 March, 1943, Representative Frances P. Bolton of Ohio
introduced a bill in the  United  States  House  of  Representatives  to
establish  a  special  government  program to facilitate the training of
nurses; this bill passed unanimously in the Congress and was signed into
law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt  on  June  15,  1943;  it  became
effective as Public Law 74 on July 1, 1943; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Cadet  Nurse  Corps (originally designated the "Victory
Nurse Corps") was  administered  by  the  United  States  Public  Health
Service;  the  Division  of Nurse Education was established to supervise
the Cadet Nurse Corps and reported to the Surgeon General of the  United
States; and
  WHEREAS, Nursing schools throughout the United States joined the Cadet
Nurse  program;  during  the existence of the program from 1943 to 1948,
1,250 of the nation's nursing schools had participated, training 180,000
nurses; and
  WHEREAS, During World War II, members of the Cadet Nurse Corps  served
on  the  home  front providing nursing services in civilian and military
hospitals, public health clinics and in the Indian Health Service; and
  WHEREAS, The legacy of the United States Cadet Nurse  Corps  is  mani-
fold;  by  replacing graduate nurses who had already entered into active
duty in the Armed Forces, the Corps prevented the  collapse  of  nursing
care  in  hospitals throughout the United States, and veterans came home
from the war to a strong health care system and were  provided  critical
care by Cadet Nurses; and
  WHEREAS,  Having  exhibited  their  skill,  devotion  and  patriotism,
members of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps have  demonstrated  their
love  for  their  country  and  merit forevermore the highest respect of
their State and Nation; and
  WHEREAS, Members of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps deserve to  be
recognized, commended and thanked by the people of the State of New York

for  their  service and for their dedication to their communities, their
State and their Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  The  auspicious  occasion  of  the  70th  Anniversary of the
creation of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps presents a unique oppor-
tunity for this Legislative Body to recognize and  pay  tribute  to  the
United  States  Cadet  Nurse Corps, and to honor the women who served in
the Corps; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when  organiza-
tions and individuals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought
to  our attention, they should be recognized by all the citizens of this
great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate July 1, 2013, as the 70th Anniversary of the creation of the
United  States  Cadet Nurse Corps, and honor the women who served in the
Corps; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Anne Kakos, Yonkers, New York.

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