An Interview with an Original: A Look Back at Shore in the late 1940s

May 04, 2016

Our year-long 75th Anniversary celebration has given us an opportunity to share many accomplishments, transformations, photos, and more with you. We are fortunate to have met up with Connie Learn, one of the nurses who worked at Shore 70 years ago, who was kind enough to share her memories. Like so many of the "Greatest Generation," Connie Learn wanted to do her part to help in the war effort, so she decided to go to school to become a nurse. Several of the Atlantic City resorts were commandeered by the military, creating an entity The Saturday Evening Post would call “Camp Boardwalk.” Connie served her country at Camp Boardwalk, and after the war landed a position as an RN at Shore Medical Center.

Somers Point in the 1940s was a small town where everybody knew everyone, and everyone knew everyone's business. Shore was a small hospital, nothing like it is today. I was making $35 a week, plus Shore provided room and board nearby for all nurses who wanted to live close to the hospital. So I took advantage of that. 

Nurses in those times were expected to work in all areas of the hospital. We worked all over, some days starting in surgery, and when we finished there, we went to the maternity area and took care of the babies. We were even charged with boiling the needles. It was a 12-hour shift, and we were always busy - that's for certain. But I was always happy to help out where I could.

At the time I was there, Shore was led by a wonderful man named Dr. Braverman. He really was special. Everyone who works at Shore now should know his name and all that he did for the hospital. It would never be the place it is today without him. 

Connie and her husband then started a family, and as a result she left her position at Shore because "that is what you did in those days." Years later, Connie decided to pursue a career in Journalism, so she went back to school at Temple University and earned another degree. She enjoyed many accomplishments and successes as a journalist, including writing for Reuters and then joining her husband at The Press of Atlantic City.