International History of Nursing Conference - Vancouver 1997

Administrative History

The International History of Nursing Conference, held June 12-15, 1997 in Vancouver at St. Paul’s Hospital just prior to the meeting of the International Council of Nurses 21st Quadrennial Congress, was co-sponsored by the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing and the B.C. History of Nursing Group. Both groups aim to discover, disseminate, and preserve nursing history in Canada and British Columbia. This was the first such conference in British Columbia.

The conference attracted 144 people from 18 countries. Sixty papers were presented on topics including the impact of the World Wars on nursing; religious traditions in nursing; black nurses struggles; the impact of traditional Chinese medicine on nursing in China; epidemics; psychiatric nursing development; nursing education; and Florence Nightingale.

Scope and Content

Fonds includes conference materials and copies of a number of papers given at the conference, including the keynote opening address by Monique Begin. One file includes information on the Rea sisters, terra cotta figures originally part of the 10th floor of the Georgia Medical and Dental building, which was demolished in 1989. A commemorative album includes fifty-three photographs.

International History of Nursing Conference – Vancouver 1997

The Planning Committee 

L-R Gloria Stephens, Shirley Holzman, Nina Rumen, Jackie Ratzlaff, Norma Fieldhouse, Beverly DuGas, Brenda Flynn, Ethel Warbinek, Sheila Zerr [Chair]

Photo credit: BCHON


 

CAHN Conference 2016

The Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (CAHN/ACHN) took place in Vancouver, British Columbia DATE. The conference was held at St. Paul’s Hospital, an acute care hospital in Vancouver. The original hospital was founded by the Catholic Sisters of Providence in the 1890s. This was a fantastic venue for the conference as attendees were able to explore the hospital’s history through a guided tour. One area of the acute care building had hallways lined with nursing graduation photographs dating back to 1911!

The conference had a strong international representation with five nurse educators from several universities in Spain, several registrants from the U.S., and two attendees from the UK’s Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery (one of whom, Tommy Dickinson, was the 2015 winner of the AAHN Lavinia L. Dock Research Award). In total, there were 68 registrants, including 12 students and 1 post-doctoral fellow.

 

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St Paul's Hospital
Dr. Lynn Kirkwood interviews Dr. Alice Baumgart
Dr. Lynn Kirkwood interviews Dr. Alice Baumgart
BCHON Members at the 2016 CAHN Conference in Vancouver
BCHON Members at the 2016 CAHN Conference in Vancouver

The Hannah Lecture

The Hannah Lecture, sponsored by Associated Medical Services, was delivered by Linda Bryder, a medical historian at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She spoke about the ways that her focus on nurses has enabled her to employ a social historical lens to her research on tuberculosis, public health and women’s health. The conference also featured an opening panel on Aboriginal Health History which was held in acknowledgement of the publication of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee reports in December 2015.   

One of the new innovative features of the conference this year was a live interview! Lynn Kirkwood interviewed Alice Baumgart about her incredible experiences as a nurse leader. It was a fantastic conversation and innovation!

 

 

The Banquet

The banquet was a great opportunity to connect and re-connect with friends and colleagues. The dinner featured an Opera performance.

The Closing Panel

The closing panel on nursing in the context of war and peace was another highlight of the conference and it featured Andrea McKenzie, Susan Armstrong-Reid and Christine Hallett.

CAHN President, Lydia Wytenbroek, and Past President, Margaret Scaia
CAHN President, Lydia Wytenbroek, and Past President, Margaret Scaia
BCHNS Member Glennis Zilm with Nurse Scholars & Educators from Spain
BCHNS Member Glennis Zilm with Nurse Scholars & Educators from Spain