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OVER 100 YEARS OF SERVICE

The Act creating the Minnesota State Board of Examiners of Nurses became law on April 12, 1907. The history is a series of ten with one decade to be posted monthly. (Please see below for links to each decade). We hope you enjoy reading this shared history and encourage you to submit any corrections or historical, anecdotal, or biographical information you may have.

BEFORE THE MINNESOTA STATE BOARD
OF EXAMINERS OF NURSES ACT:
IMPORTANT EARLY ACTIONS

Several significant developments in the regulation of health care practices predate establishment of the Minnesota State Board of Examiners of Nurses and are noteworthy in this history.

  • The Minnesota State Board of Health was established in 1872.
  • Legislation created the Board of Medical Practice in 1883.
  • Also in 1883, the year it was founded, the Northwestern School of Nursing had a graduating class of one. Officials of the school worried whether its graduates "could be assured a sufficient number of families who would be willing to pay $12 a week for nursing services" and "if the school should graduate four nurses in a single year, would not the supply exceed the demand?"
  • The Minnesota Board of Dentistry was established in 1885.
  • In 1898 nurses in St. Paul created the first professional registry in the United States. From the minutes of the St. Paul Medical Journal: "The Ramsey County Graduate Nurses Association, a nurses' directory, was established with headquarters at the Ramsey County Medical Society on August 8, 1898. The control and government of the directory is entirely in the hands of the nurses themselves. They have decided to admit none but graduates of training schools to membership. Previous to this they had nowhere to register except in drug stores. As the committee on membership makes a thorough investigation and admits none but graduates in good standing any one procuring a nurse from the directory can rely upon it, that she will prove efficient and capable. A physician desiring a trained nurse can get one by telephoning to the clerk in charge."
  • North Carolina enacted the first U.S. nursing board in 1903.
  • In 1905 the Minnesota Nurses Association began work to create a licensing board in Minnesota.

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1937-1947

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1967-1977