Sierra Vista Herald
Apr 11, 2016

Founder of Red Cross first nurse in Bisbee

BISBEE — Jane Delano was a remarkable nurse who served in World War I and was committed to the American Red Cross. Most importantly, she served the citizens of Bisbee in the late 1890s treating typhoid patients. She was committed to providing health education and social services to rural communities, and she developed innovative nursing procedures for patients.

More than 100 years later, Jane’s actions are reflected in the nurses and care they provide at Copper Queen Community Hospital.

To celebrate and honor nurses who give exemplary care and continue the Delano tradition of providing health education and social services to rural communities, Copper Queen Hospital will award a current Copper Queen nurse a $2,500 award or scholarship.

To be nominated, a nurse must meet the following criteria:

•Have a Registered Nurse degree or higher

•Be currently employed at CQCH or a CQMA rural health clinic in Bisbee, Douglas or Palominas

•Have a good attendance or reliability record

•Have a good safety record and low medication deviation rate

•Be active in the hospital and in the community

•Demonstrate patient advocacy

•Have a desire to grow professionally

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 29. Anyone in the community can nominate a nurse they believe deserves this recognition and award. The award will be presented during Nurses Week celebration in May.

Jane Arminda Delano, whose family history includes Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was the first nurse at Copper Queen Community Hospital, in the late 1800s. She began her nursing career by treating victims of yellow fever in Jacksonville, Florida, and then moved to Bisbee, Ariz., where she nursed typhoid patients at the local copper mine. Delano founded the American Red Cross Nursing Service, and trained 20,000 nurses for service in World War I. Delano died in 1919, while on a Red Cross mission in France. After her death, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and was buried in Arlington Cemetery. In 1982, Jane Delano was inducted in the American Nursing Association Hall of Fame. Copper Queen Community Hospital’s Jane Delano Nursing Award honors her many contributions to the nursing profession.

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