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Nurses and their work appear again and again in York County’s past

In this 2004 York Daily Record file photo, Nellie Scott of York Township goes through a scrapbook from her service overseas as nurse in World War II. Background posts: Women’s history posts from the start and World War II posts from the start and York County people posts from the start.

Diane Fessler, author of “No Time for Fear, Voice of American Military Nurses of World War II, noticed a York Town Square post about local nurse Nellie Scott, who died in 2008.
“I wish I’d been able to interview her along with the 200 nurses included in the oral histories in the book,” she commented.
That comment served as a reminder how often nurses played a role in York County – and national – history… .

Part of the reason for that is the profession served as an entry point for women into work outside the home for decades. Librarians, teachers and children’s books authors were others.
Their accomplishments have appeared often on this blog about their work in time of war and peace.
Here is a partial list of those posts:
Add another achiever to the list of York countians with impressive resumes
Civil War affected women in York County – and vice versa
Pioneering York nurse: ‘Patients admired her’
First York visiting nurse made rounds on bicycle
‘Her words helped win the war’
Civil War nurse: ‘Dogs of war in our midst’
York’s Wonder Women: The stories of four more movers and shakers
York’s Spanish flu epidemic of 1918: ‘It remains one of the darkest periods for White Rose residents’.
York Hospital doc: Expert on antique surgical saws, antiquated procedure of bloodletting