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Bio

Fantine C. Pemberton
UM School of Nursing

B. Vandalia, Cass County, Michigan 1874 | D. 1935 Ann Arbor, Michigan

Diploma 1900, University of Michigan Training School for Nurses.

Superintendent of nurses at Peterson’s Hospital (Ann Arbor Private Hospital), 1902 to 1915; superintendent, University of Michigan Training School for Nurses, 1915 to 1918; superintendent, Ann Arbor Private Hospital, 1918 to 1920; superintendent of nurses, Fairmount Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1924 to 1926; superintendent of Memorial Hospital, Owosso, Michigan, 1927 to 1928; superintendent of nurses, Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall, Michigan, 1929 to 1931.

Corresponding secretary, Michigan Nurses’ Association, 1907 and 1908; delegate and committee chair, Michigan Nurses’ Association convention, Saginaw, Michigan, 1909; member, American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses (NLNE), 1909, 1918; president, Michigan Nurses’ Association, 1912-13 and 1913-14; charter member, Michigan League of Nursing Education, 1913; president of the Ann Arbor chapter of the Red Cross, 1914; chair of Arrangements Committee, Michigan Nurses’ Association, 1914-15; delegate, National Nurses’ Association (ANA), San Francisco, 1915; vice-president, Michigan Nurses’ Association, 1916; president, Michigan State League of Nursing Education, 1920.

In 1921, Pemberton’s record of service to the nursing profession was interrupted, and her absence did not go unnoticed. At the annual convention of the Michigan Nurses’ Association in Flint that year it was resolved to send greetings to Miss Pemberton at South Haven, Michigan. Miss Pemberton “who has never missed a convention until the present one . . . has changed her profession of nursing to that of the farmer and was unable to attend.” In due time, she resumed nursing and professional activities, attending the Annual Meeting of the Michigan State League of Nursing Education in 1923 in Battle Creek, and joining the American Hospital Association in 1927 and 1928.