Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Barbier, M. Kathryn

Committee Member

Marshall, Anne E.

Committee Member

Martucci, Jessica

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only


Modern United States History

Degree Name

Master of Arts


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of History


This thesis explores the history of nursing education in the 1940s under the Bolton Act, its effect on the students, and the contribution made by students to lessen the nursing shortage in the Deep South. During World War II, the recruitment of nurses by the military furthered the nursing shortage in the South, which was also plagued by low nursing standards. The Bolton Act helped create a supply of students to serve the southern population and improve educational standards. During training the cadets provided valuable service and after the completion of their training, many entered the nursing profession. By the 1950s and 1960s, the Bolton Act’s legacy had aided in the improvement of nursing education standards, the racial integration in health care, and fought against the post-war nursing shortage.



Postgraduate Nursing||Midwives||African American Nurses||Cadet Nurse Corps||Nursing||World War II||Nurse||Bolton Act||1940s