An intimate look at the life of a student nurse during the Great Depression and World War II and the mid-century era. Can you imagine a time when nursing students lived at the hospital, were forbidden to marry as long as they were enrolled, and had to shell peas during “breaks” in the day? Exhibit highlights include vintage nursing uniforms, photographs, year books, personal effects, and a special exposé on a Presidential Tri-State nursing student.

Tri-State School of Nursing Uniform


Like all hospital in the Shreveport area in the early 20th century, Tri-State Hospital had its own nursing school.   Tri-State's was a three year program including textbook and classroom work as well as practical experience in the hospital under doctors supervision.

The uniform included a starched white long sleeved dress, white stocking, white shoes, and the traditional nurses cap.  Each nursing school had heir own distinctive headgear that ranged from the starched cap to small frilly, semi-Victorian bonnets for some of the older schools.

The cape for winter wear was dark blue wool with military style brass buttons emblazoned with the word "Louisiana" and the State Seal with pelican and motto.   Some nurses complained it was “itchy”, but none the less wore it with pride.

Location in Museum

Tri-State School of Nursing


Circa 1924-1950


Helen Tumlin Family

100 Years