The Nurses Registry was established in New Orleans in 1925 as the city’s official registry for nurses seeking employment in the area. In 1980, the Registry was privatized by a local nurse, and was bought in 1988, by Rose Mary S. Breaux, RN, BSN. In 1993, Nurses Registry was licensed for Medicare-certified home health services and, in 1994, Nurses Registry Care Center Foundation, a 501(c)( 3) corporation, was established. Today, Rose Mary’s husband and daughter manage the business.
Rose Mary St. Angelo Breaux, RN, BSN, 1930-2006
Rose Mary S. Breaux was firmly rooted in the New Orleans community, receiving her RN Diploma from Hotel Dieu School of Nursing. She was deeply inspired by Florence Nightingale and her philosophy on caring for patients with dignity and respect in the context of works of mercy. Rose Mary worked in hospitals in Med Surge and Peds, while continuing her nursing education. In 1978, she received her BSN from William Carey College and continued in graduate studies at Loyola University in New Orleans. At the heart of her work was her belief in treating the whole patient—body, mind, and spirit—and the patient’s family, under the direction of the physician.
She was given the prayer card, pictured above, very early in her nursing career and used it as inspiration to help develop her ideal of nursing: to elevate nursing to the level of ministry. Rose Mary believed wholeheartedly that it is a privilege to be sent to a patient’s bedside to serve them, their physicians and their families. In 2002, she was named a Great 100 Nurse of Louisiana. The National Nurses In Business organization inducted her into their hall of fame in 2005, citing her amazing journey as a Nurse Entrepreneur.
Nurses Registry Home Health provides care at home to people of all ages, races, and creeds with needs ranging from assistance with highly skilled nursing and therapies to daily activities.