For the first time in the history of the United States Public Health Service, Flag Rank has been given to the Director of the Division of Nursing. The promotion of Jessie M. Scott was made in recognition of Miss Scott's "outstanding leadership in nursing."
Over the past six years Miss Scott has designed and operated programs administered by the Division of Nursing for the support of nursing education and for the delivery of safe, effective nursing care. Among Miss Scott's responsibilities is the administration of grants to students and schools of nursing as authorized by the Nurse Training Act of 1964 and the Health Manpower Act of 1968. These grants help to build nursing schools; aid students and nurses with funds for nursing education; and support nursing schools in special projects to achieve comprehensive, scientifically-based training for nursing practice.
Entering the Public Health Service in 1955 as a Nurse Consultant in the Division of Nursing, Miss Scott served as its Deputy Chief for six years before assuming her present position. During her tenure, she assisted the Service with an exploratory project that led to the first federally-supported experimental study of Progressive Patient Care; and has also aided the Service in three separate commitments to study and improve health services abroad. In 1960, she was assigned to India to help nursing leaders in that country improve the utilization of nurses and survey their nursing resources and requirements- In 1961, she was the sole nurse on a Public Health Service- America n Hospital Association team that made an on-site study of care for the chronically ill in England and Scotland. In 1964, Miss Scott was the only nurse on a PHS team that helped the country of Liberia with a project to develop a national medical center.
Before coming to the Public Health Service, Miss Scott for six years was the Assistant Executive Secretary of the Pennsylvania Nurses' Association. In that capacity, she developed for the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing the only program in the United States for field training in counseling. Still earlier in her career, Miss Scott was Educational Director of Mt. Sinai Hospital in Philadelphia, and also taught at Jefferson Medical College Hospital in Philadelphia, at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City, and at the University of Pennsylvania.
In the course of her career, Miss Scott has a number of times received public recognition for her service to nursing. Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal of the Public Health Service; awards for Distinguished Service to Nursing from Indiana University and also from the Pennsylvania Nurses' Association; and Honorary Membership in Sigma Thêta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing.
Her professional activities also include service as an officer of the American Nurses' Association and Chairman of its Task Force on Organizational Relations, as well as membership in the National League for Nursing, the American Public Health Association, and the Commissioned Officers Association. She was a member of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Nursing Advisory Committee, and is now on the Board of Education Opportunities of the Sealantic Fund, Inc.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Miss Scott received her diploma in nursing from the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing, the degree of Bachelor of Science in education at the University of Pennsylvania, and the degree of Master of Arts in personnel administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.
For many nurses the Division of Nursing is a symbol of education, professional education begun - and professional education continued. Charged with the responsibility for the administration of the nurse traineeship funds, the Division has exercised a carefui stewardship which has resulted in a steady flow of better prepared nurses into the field.
The appointment within the Division of a Nurse-Consultant in Continuing Education gives emphasis to the motivation of the Division for accelerating the development of continuing education programs for nurse practitioners.
Announcing this new staff position, Division Director Jessie M. Scott said: "If patients are to benefit from the scientific and technological advances of our time, continuing education for nurse practitioners is a must. The Division of Nursing has an obligation to ensure that every nurse - regardless of her geographic location or the number of years since she completed her initial training - has opportunity for continuing her professional preparation."