About the Nurse Museum

Nursing History

The GSNF is committed to developing a California Nursing Museum. Jo Anne Powell, RN, a founding member of the GSNF Board, collected nursing books, paraphernalia, and documents for a permanent record of nursing in our state. Other nurses have contributed uniforms, caps and pins as well as pictures and other paraphernalia.

We are collecting any nursing items you may have including year books, hospital nursing school archives, nursing books, pictures, uniforms, caps and pins. If you would be willing to donate items to the museum please consider sending them to us!

In the future GSNF hopes to have a building to display and store nursing items of interest. In the short term we are raising money to develop a virtual museum that can display our historic donations on our web site.

If you are interested in donating to the museum, use our donation form and please send your checks payable to GSNF to our office. If you have any questions, call us at 916-447-0225.

Nursing History Committee

If nursing history is your interest the GSNF is looking for nurses to participate on a committee to collect and catalog nursing paraphernalia. This committee would meet primarily by email and conference calls. Committee members would be asked to be on the look out in their community for achievable items such as nursing year books, uniforms, etc.

If you are interested in this endeavor please notify us at gsnf@goldenstatenursing foundation.org

Mission Statement

To promote and provide programs for the professional and educational advancement of nursing so that better nursing care may be provided to all people.


The Golden State Nursing Foundation through its scholarships and programs plans to help:

  • Prepare nurses for the roles emerging from the changes in the delivery of health care.
  • Preserve the local history of nursing.
  • Support innovative practice in nursing.
  • Develop a fundraising plan to assure that activities can be planned to carry out the mission.

Grant Money Target

Individuals and other entities interested in supporting the objectives of GSNF can provide grants for these targeted areas. Please call us at 916-447-0225 to discuss other areas of interest.

  • Projects dedicated to the preservation of nursing history.
  • Nursing scholarships for graduate school and other career enhancement opportunities.
  • Educational program support grants for nursing faculty.
  • Special projects support of nurse-managed clinics and/or demonstration projects.
  • Special Task Force funding for programs defined by the ANA\C

Visioning Our Virtual/Bricks & Mortar Museum

Nurses and friends of nurses want to build a Museum of Nursing in California. One purpose of the museum is to trace the beginning of professional nursing in California and depict the changes in the art and science of nursing over time.

Nurses who have made significant contributions to nursing in California will be recognized on our Honor Wall. If any nurse has died they will be remembered on our Memoriam Page. The museum will display artifacts of nursing including uniforms, equipment used to treat patients, text books to educate nurses and photos of hospitals that trained student nurses to name a few.

We need to raise funds that will support the creation of the Nursing Museum and one way to do that is to have a Florence Nightingale Tea Party. Everything has been prepared for you taking most of the work out of giving a party. Visit our Nightingale Tea Party information page to get started.