Montclair Nurses' Registry, 1936, Historical Sketch

Soon after 1894, the year that the first class was graduated from Mountainside Hospital, a registry was organized and operated by the Hospital for its own graduates.

Since that time the number of graduates has increased from three to a total of four hundred and fifty-two.

In 1912, another registry, called the Montclair Nurses' Registry, was organized by Mrs. Wilson. This registry offered its services to nurses from the Oranges and vicinity. After the death of Mrs. Wilson in 1919, Mrs. Eck took her place. Two years later Ida E. Stitt bought the Montclair Nurses' Registry from Mrs. Eck. In 1924, Miss Stitt was appointed Registrar for Mountainside Hospital Registry, which continued under the name of Montclair Nurses' Registry.

In March, 1936, the Alumnae Association of Mountainside Hospital purchased ner interest in the Registry from Miss Stitt. This purchase included the Physicians' Bureau, at which time plans for a general reorganization were undertaken by the Registry Committee. Under the new arrangement, the name was changed to its present title, Nurses' Registry and Doctors' Telephone Exchange. We believe that the carefully planned program by the committee, will be of increasing value to patients, doctors, hospitals and nurses. When office contact is not possible, the Doctors' Telephone Exchange offers an invaluable service to its members by locating the physician or transmitting messages.

1. "The History of the Registry," White Caps 1936, Montclair, N. J., pages 2-4.

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