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Staff Members (Non-nurses, and Nurses not Stuart Circle Graduates)

This page is currently limited to those staff members who worked regularly with SCH students and graduates. I'm open to others if anyone wants to e-mail me their tribute to someone who led/worked at SCH in a non-clinical capacity. If I've left out someone you feel should be recognized, also send me an e-mail.This is for and by the Alumni!



Mabel Montgomery, R.N.






Marie W. Schmidt, R.N. BS





"Uncle Eddie" Schmidt







Walter Cooley




Daniel E. Wilkins


"Hello, Slipknot!"  "Is your narcotic count correct?" " Here are your drugs for the patients on your floor."  Mr. Wilkins was the hospital pharmacist for 15 years, coming to SCH upon finishing his degree at MCV in 1959. He retired in May of 1974. His base of operations was the pharmacy in the basement of the hospital. Students were often sent down to pick up an order of meds, and he was always friendly and helpful. He often brought replacement meds to the floors, and would joke with the nurses while doing so. He could get distinctly unfriendly if your narcotic count didn't come out right. In that event, you searched all the charts and checked meds given on the shift against drugs signed out, searched your memory to be sure you hadn't neglected to chart any meds, double checked with the nurse who relieved you for your meal to be sure she hadn't given a dose, rummaged through discarded med cards and checked them against the sign out sheet, until you finally found the missing dose. The shift supervisor had to be called, and she would come to the floor to help. You didn't go off duty until it was found or it was determined that it couldn't be found. If, after a thorough search, the discrepancy couldn't be reconciled, you were in big trouble. You had to see Mr. Wilkins, who would put you through another review of your shift to see if anything had been forgotten, and then probably see Miss Schmidt, and be lectured on carelessness. The procedure was the same whether you were a student or graduate. NOBODY wanted to lose a narcotic dose! Mr. Wilkins had to make a report to the state whenever a narcotic dose was lost, so one could understand his feelings. Fortunately, it didn't happen often!


Mattie Jenkins  Your patient's blood sugar is too high! I'm putting the report in his chart. Please call his doctor right away!  Mattie was a lab tech at SCH for many years, and she was known for her good communication with both doctors and nurses. She got to know some of the patients when collecting multiple specimens from them, and always took an interest in patient outcomes. She knew most nurses and students by name. She was always a welcome presence anywhere in the hospital.



Housemothers: Mrs. Cobb, Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Gard, Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Norwood

Our housemothers saw us go in and out and made sure we signed out and back in the sign in/out book. They would collect our food orders from the drug store and take our money to pay for them. They "buzzed" our rooms if we were needed on call, had a phone call, or had a visitor.  They kept the vending machines full, and oversaw the linen room. We could ask them for help with anything that involved life in the dorm. They enforced rules, usually with a deft touch. Sometimes they did room inspections, and sometimes the instructors did them. I remember one time when Mrs. Cobb warned me that the instructors were going to inspect because she knew my room was a mess! Mostly, they were our mothers away from home. They handled some of our shenanigans with grace and patience. Occasionally, someone went too far, and the hammer would come down. Oops, sent to see Miss Schmidt and explain yourself to her! The main punishment for transgressions was being campused, i.e., confined mostly to your room. But if your door was open, your friends could walk by and stop to say Hello.....just as long as they weren't IN your room! We had our ways to get around things. For the most part, our housemothers were very tolerant and supportive. 

















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