Snapshots of Nursing History

Courtesy of the National Archives of Canada.

Two nursing students from the John H. Stratford Hospital Training School for Nurses (later re-named the Brantford General Hospital School for Nurses). 1895

Nursing Students, bed making. Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. You get the notion the attentiveness is feigned. Making mitred corners is not that interesting.

Nurses at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto. Three nurses, two nuns, a sterile tray. Note the (presumably sterile? clean?) wimples.

Nursing students being instructed in dietary science at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

Nursing students in a lecture theatre, Hospital for Sick Children. Note the instructor is in full nursing uniform: role modelling both behaviour and appearance --- deportment --- was considered a vital part of nursing education.

When psych nurses wore crisp white uniforms.

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  1. #1 by Dorothy klein on Wednesday 24 August 2011 - 1432

    Role modelling and mentoring was so important to nurses and nursing students. We are trying to bring that back. Volunteer nurses are making themselves available to schools of nursing to speak to students about the importance of becoming part of “the family of nurses” – joining the professional organizations eg RNAO. RNAO has reduced fees for student membership and there are many benefits for the students. ONA encourages student nurses to be aware of labour issues that affect nursing practice.
    Nurses need to know nursing history and be very proud of this nursing history. Knowing the history of our profession guides us into our future.
    Dot Klein RN BSCN CAE

  2. #2 by TheNerdyNurse on Saturday 27 August 2011 - 1034

    There is something beautiful about the whites of our past professionals. Something beautiful, humbling, and magnificent.

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