In 1951, Ohlson returned to Hiroshima at the invitation of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Committee (ABCC) to aid in research being conducted on the effects of radiation on the civilians’ health. Through her work she was appointed Chief of Nursing Affairs in the army and served eight years in Japan. In 1991, Dr. Virginia Ohlson was awarded the Butterfly of the Third Order of the Precious Crown by his Majesty the Emperor of Japan for her work to improve Japanese nursing education. The award was presented at a gala held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where Professor Emeritus Ohlson, had founded the Public Health Nursing master’s program in the 1970s.
Virginia Ohlson, Program. Third Order of the Precious Crown Butterfly
award conferment by Emperor of Japan. 1991
Print Document, 4.5” x 6”.
Courtesy of Joan Zetterlund
The exhibit Tradition of Care: School of Nursing – Swedish Covenant Hospital to North Park University traces the history of nursing education using photographs, artifacts, and ephemera from the North Park and Covenant collections along with items on loan from friends of the nursing programs. It is on display in the lower level of Brandel Library throughout the summer and fall of 2011.