Repository: University of Virginia School of Nursing, Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry
Title: Phyllis J. Verhonick Collection
Physical Characteristics: .5 linear feet; 1 box
Collector: Rosemary T. McCarthy and the University of Virginia School of Nursing.
Phyllis J. Verhonick (1922-1977) had a twenty-three-year career in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1968. She subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, where she also served as Acting Dean from 1972 to 1974. A native of Washington state, Verhonick obtained a B.S.N. from the University of Portland in 1944, and after having joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1945, undertook graduate work at the Teachers College of Columbia University, where she earned an M.A. in 1956 and an Ed. D. in 1958. Verhonick was an early and forceful champion of the importance of nursing research projects for both students and professionals, while she, herself, specialized in research on decubitus ulcers and skin care. Early in her military career, she gravitated toward nursing education and analysis of nursing practices, and upon receiving her doctorate, joined the high-level staff of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where she remained until retiring from the Nurse Corps. Verhonick published extensively on nursing research, and served in various editorial capacities for the Nursing Forum and Nursing Research academic journals, in addition to holding extensive professional and consultative responsibilities for such organizations as the American Nurses' Association and the American Nurses Foundation, as well as the Veterans' Administration, the Office of the Surgeon General, and the Pan-American Health Organization.
Scope and Content
This small collection of items by and concerning Phyllis J. Verhonick was assembled from two sources: 1) the private collection of U.S. Army Nurse Corps Colonel Rosemary T. McCarthy, and 2) institutional holdings of the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Included are biographical sketches of Verhonick, given after her decease, three academic papers (of the many she produced), a diary (1971-74) of meeting and research notes by Verhonick (as Acting Dean of the School of Nursing), and materials related to the University of Virginia Nursing Research Conferences and the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Nursing Research Courses organized in her memory.
The collection is organized by general item type. The respective sources of the items are indicated on sub-folder sheets.
1974-79, 1995 Box-Folder: 01-001
CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING PHYLLIS J. VERHONICK
1977-79 Box-Folder: 01-002
PAPERS AND OTHER ITEMS BY OR CONCERNING PHYLLIS J. VERHONICK
1964-1980 Box-Folder: 01-003
PHYLLIS J. VERHONICK NURSING RESEARCH CONFERENCE MATERIALS
1986, 1987, 1991 Box-Folder: 01-004
PHYLLIS J. VERHONICK NURSING RESEARCH COURSE MATERIALS
1982-88 Box-Folder: 01-005
n.d. Box-Folder: 01-006
Journal, Volume I – 1968 October to 1971 May,
1968-1971 Box-Folder: 01-007
Journal, Volume II – 1971 May to 1976 January
1971-1976 Box-Folder: 01-008
Journal, Volume III – 1976 February to 1977 September
1976-1977 Box-Folder: 01-009
Gradebooks, 1968-1969, 1974-1975
1968-1975 Box-Folder: 01-010
University of Virginia School of Nursing, Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, Phyllis J. Verhonick Collection
Processed by Henry K. Sharp in 2012. Addition Processed by Eric Drongowski in 2017.