Marietta H. Madden papers
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Marietta H. Madden was born on June 27, 1907 and died on January 27, 1997. She was a graduate of Rahway High School, Rahway, New Jersey (1925) and received her nursing diploma from Long Island College Hospital, School of Nursing (1928). In 1950, Madden obtained a bachelor of science in nursing (1950) and a master's degree in science (1951) from School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.
Her nursing career began at Long Island College Hospital, Long Island, New York, in a supervisory position (1928-1934). Later she worked as a clinical instructor and in an administrative position (1934-1938) at St John's Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y. In May 1938, she became clinical instructor and administrative supervisor at Mount Sinai Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, and remained until Madden enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps (1943). During World War II, she served with the 79th General Hospital in France. She remained in the Active Reserve Army Nurse Corps. Following the war, she was chief nurse with the 361st General Hospital for sixteen years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel (1967).
During her active reserve army nurse status Madden worked in various civilian hospitals in the Philadelphia area. She held a position as a school nurse, and another as inspector of nursing homes for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Her last position was Director of Nurses, Graduate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, where in less than a year she reorganized the nursing department to improve patient care services. Upon her retirement (1971), Madden become active in volunteer activities, such as, a friendly visitor at Winced Home and a consultant to the Montgomery County Office on Aging. On January 29, 1997 she was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
Despite its small size, this collection documents Madden's active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, as well as volunteer actives with the Montgomery County Office of The Aging, especially Eastern Montgomery County Consortium and North Penn Long Care Consortium. There are files documenting her activities at the University of Washington, such as developing Health Service Criteria and Standards for the Aging. Artifacts such as her Long Island College Hospital, School of Nursing cap and pin are included in this collection.
Gift of John Demcisak, 1997.
- Military nursing
- Nursing home care
- United States. Army Nurse Corps
- World War, 1939-1945--Medical care
- University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
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- Finding aid prepared by Center staff, updated by Bethany Myers
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This series begins with her obituary published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on January 25, 1997. The series includes the certificate of "Recognition of Service" awarded by the Four Chaplains, April 12, 1987, class assignment papers when a student at the University of Pennsylvania, correspondence, programs of events, and newsletter (Nalich) of the Long Island College Hospital, School of Nursing Alumnae Association.
In this series are files relating to her army career, such as letters of appointment and promotions; discharge certificate; plaque from 361st General Hospital, Chief Nursing Service; several manuals pertaining to military training and uniform regulations; and an article Madden co-authored titled "Two Weeks of Active Duty" in the American Journal of Nursing (1954). There are files focusing on a "Health Service Criteria Project" at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Also included are a Graduate Hospital Manual of Nursing Procedures and, from the Albert Einstein Medical Center, a Nursing Activity Study Plan and Nursing Activity Study Report. This series contains a plaque, "Appreciation of Efforts," on behalf of non-professional personnel from Graduate Hospital. This series includes correspondence reflecting Madden's association with and interest in long-term care and health services for the elderly.
This small series consist of Madden's school of nursing cap and pin, as well as a Royal Navy demitasse spoon and ash tray.