On October 22, the Practical Nursing I and II students took a field trip to the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland. The museum began as a national repository for materials relating to Civil War injuries. The specimens and artifacts in the museum were the first collection in the country.
Volunteer docents took the students on a tour of the exhibit galleries where students learned about the human body, anatomy, and physiology as well as how war influenced medicine. Highlights included viewing conjoined twins, a leg with elephantitis, and the bullet that killed President Lincoln. Students were able to handle real organs that had undergone plastination. They were also able to view diseases in human samples.