District Three Ohio Nurses Association presents



Medallions Commemorating Nursing

Heirlooms developed for Nurses,
By a Nurse,
Depicting Nurses and Nursing,
Commemorating Nursing

Presenting a series of hand-crafted medallions which commemorate nursing. They were developed by a nurse for nurses. They will be heirlooms in the next generation. Medallions and pin can be displayed in a frame, a bell pull, Christmas tree, or worn as jewelry.

The artist, Judy Waid, RN, a staff nurse and chair of a local unit, has graciously contributed her talents to create the artwork depicting nurses and nursing.

Wendell August Forge, a nationally known metal artisan, was commissioned to hand-forge these commemorative nursing heirlooms. Each medallion is created one at a time to depict a nursing tradition.

Monies from this endeavor will be used to support continuing education for nurses.

Nightingale Medallion

The first edition of the "Nursing: A Tradition of Caring" medallion, created in 1990, is dedicated to the contributions that nurses have made to health and humanity, both past and present. The medallions were envisioned by the 1700 members of District Three as their contribution to the profession towards the goal of improving the image of nursing.

Military Medallion

The 1991 medallion, the second in a series of "Nursing: A Tradition of Caring" medallions is dedicated to all registered nurses in the past, present, and those of the future who have and will unselfishly serve our country in peace and in war. It has been those unrecognized heroes and heroines who have cared for American soldiers and dramatically reduced the casualty statistics of all conflicts since the Crimean War.

Clara Barton Medallion

The 1992 medallion, the third in a series of "Nursing: A Tradition of Caring", depicts a historical perspective of the nursing profession. Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross in 1881, nursed the soldiers on the battlefields of the Civil War and distributed supplies to the wounded. She is remembered for her contributions as a teacher, nurse, social and political reformist, journalist, and humanitarian.

Lillian Wald Medallion

The 1993 medallion, fourth in the series of "Nursing: A Tradition of Caring", depicts a historical perspective of the nursing profession in 1893. The Nightingale Lamp, symbolizing nursing, is featured on each medallion throughout this series. This medallion is in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Community Health Nursing. Lillian Wald, a native Ohioan, is remembered for her establishment of a free-standing nursing care service center, the House on Henry Street, formerly located in New York City, addressed the needs of tenement dwellers.

Century Medallion

The 1994 Medallion, fifth in the series of "Nursing: A Tradition of Caring", depicts a century of delivery of nursing care. Nurses' roles and images have changed to reflect the changing needs of society and culture. Nursing's philosophy of caring and advocacy have transcended through time and will continue to light the way into the twenty-first century.

Florence Nightingale Pin

We are excited to offer this new creation, to commemorate "Nursing: A Tradition of Caring". We were inspired by our colleagues to once again use the Florence Nightingale motif to create a lapel pin which can also be worn as a necklace. This dated heirloom will be a limited edition for 1997.


All editions of the medallions and pin will be available throughout the year and can be obtained by calling or writing District Three, Ohio Nurses Association.


To order, print the "Nursing: A Tradition of Caring" Medallion Series Order Form and mail to:

District Three Ohio Nurses Association
Williamsburg West
5669 Mahoning Avenue, Suite C Youngstown, Ohio 44515