MUÑOZ RESOLUTION DESIGNATING JULY 1 AS ‘ U.S. CADET NURSE CORPS DAY’ APPROVED BY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

A resolution sponsored by Assembly Republican Nancy F. Muñoz memorializing the contributions of the women in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps earned approval yesterday from the General Assembly. Muñoz’s resolution, AJR-84, designates July 1 of every year as “U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Day.”

“The Cadet Nurse Corps paved the way for improvements in educational standards and training,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “By opening the nursing careers to more than 124,000 young women when there was a desperate need for nursing, the program changed the face of nursing in the United States.”

American nursing schools, which previously only accepted white students, were integrated by the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, which recruited thousands of African-American women nurses.

“During the war, with so many nurses committed to military service, there was a critical shortage of skilled nurses on the home front. Within two years of the formation of the corps, Cadet Nurses accounted for 80 percent of American nursing care. These young nurses were World War II heroes in every sense. We should celebrate their efforts and preserve their memory,” said Muñoz, noting that her mother was a Cadet Nurse, trained in one of the final classes at the end of World War II.