The Gift of a Student Nurse's Apron
March 16, 2010—One of the many joys of sharing about Gotcha Covered is that I meet wonderful folks who gift me with apron stories and sometimes also with aprons. The first time this happened, at a a book signing in Johnson City, TN, a delightful lady, Thelma Harmon, brought to the event part of her collection of aprons and apron books and afterwards, she sent me an apron that she had totally hand made. Since then, I have received stories about aprons and photos of family members, including nurses, wearing aprons, and just a month ago I received a gift of an entire nursing student uniform, including a white bib apron that buttons on to the dress.
Brenda Blackburn graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing in 1962. She married a handsome doctor and lived in Picayune, MS until Dr. Blackburn passed away, then Brenda moved to Franklin, TN, to live closer to her daughter. In December, 2009, Brenda attended the Dickens of a Christmas event in downtown Franklin where Gotcha Covered was being sold from the Williamson County Council for the Written Word booth. She stopped to chat and asked if I had a student nurse’s apron in my collection.
Interestingly, while several of the contributors to Gotcha Covered had worn aprons in their student days, none of them submitted photos of the student aprons and I had never actually seen a student nurse’s apron except in photos. Brenda offered me her U of Mississippi student apron and when I went to pick it up, she also gave me her student uniform. (If you are reading this post from a link, roll your mouse over the colored headline and click to be taken to the web site, where you can see a photo of the uniform displayed on a dressmaker’s form.)
I was thrilled to receive these significant historical pieces and will be using them, along with her gorgeous navy and red cape (which is on loan to me) in several upcoming speaking events including the Agape Circle of the Belle Meade United Methodist Church (Nashville) and the spring meeting of the Middle Tennessee Synod of the United Presbyterian Women (Columbia, TN) and the June meeting of the Nashville Area Women Business Owners (Nashville). Several other events are in the planning stage to coincide with National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12, 2010).
As a lead up to these events and to Mother’s Day, I will also publish some of the stories and photos I have received. If any of you have photos or other stories to share, please get them to me.
Ginger Manley, Founder
The Nurses’ Apron Partnership