Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

John W. Best


The Visiting Nurse Association of Indianapolis, formerly the Public Health Nursing Association of Indianapolis, is a nonofficial community agency in Marion County. It was incorporated January 11, 1913. According to its constitution, it was organized to "provide graduate registered nurses to teach needy individuals and the general public hygiene, cleanliness, and the proper care of the sick; to prevent disease; and to render such aid as may from time to time be proper."I This organization has provided nursing care in homes, in clinics, in industries, and in other situations outside the hospitals since its beginning. Since 1921 it also has provided field experience for student nurses from basic schools of nursing and since 1937, for students from Indiana University, Division of Nursing Education. The purpose of this paper is to present an historical account of the activities of the Visiting Nurse Association from 1913 through 1959.