Nursing History commemorated with Bench in Nova Scotia

A large group of nurses from the Nova Scotia Nursing History Society attended the massive public ceremonies in Halifax to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.  The Halifax Explosion, on December 6, 1917, resulted when a Norwegian vessel collided with a French cargo ship laden with high explosives.  The resulting fire ignited the cargo, causing a devastating explosion that killed at least 2,000 people from the blast, flying and fallen debris, onshore fires, and collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured.  It was the world’s largest artificial explosion before advent of nuclear weapons in World War 2.

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Dedication of the military nurses plaque at the Regina Legislature

For Remembrance Day 2017, the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Parks Canada honoured Canada’s Military Nurses with a special plaque.  Impetus to honour all nurses who served with Canadian Forces from 1885 to the present began in 2010, when BCHNS member Hallie Sloan suggested we approach the federal government to ensure recognition of military nurses who had served in all wars.  As this was to be a national recognition, BCHNS approached the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (CAHN) to make the submission, with support from BCHNS, CNA, and other agencies.

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Selkirk College Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Castlegar Selkirk College held their 50th anniversary [1966 – 2016]  last Fall.    It was a celebration of the College history and all programs.  A Book “Journeys Taken” by Takaia Larsen and Bob Hall was put together for the anniversary. The 2 year Nursing Program began in 1971. Many of the early Instructors retired & still live in the Castlegar area of which 2 are former BCHNS members & 1 currently,  Margaret Nicol, Kathleen Pinckney & Roberta Hamilton.  If interested in book, click on link below.

Congratulations Selkirk College!!


THEME:  “TRACING NURSES’ FOOTSTEPS: Nursing and the Tides of Change”


Due date for submission is DECEMBER 15, 2017

Where has nursing come from? What have been the ups and downs, trials and tribulations along the journey?  How have social, political and economic forces influenced the history of nursing? How were challenges met, and with passing or lasting impact? Who were the nurses that provided the foundation values and vision that established present realities, and challenges confronting nursing today? What can we take from history as it relates to the future expansion of the profession? The content of the abstract should reflect components of the program theme showing how, when and where nurses’ footsteps influenced the progressive changes in health care, policy, education and clinical practice. Abstracts on other subjects related to nursing and healthcare history would be welcomed and considered. Please submit a one page abstract (350 words max.) and a one page CV for consideration to: Dr. Margaret Scaia: [email protected]   Mailing Address: HSD A 442, School of Nursing, University of Victoria, PO Box 1700 STN CSC,  Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2Y2, Canada. For further information visit

Nina Rumen celebrates 90th Birthday

Nina Rumen celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday October 14, 2017.  Her actual birthday was October 12th. Her sisters Vera and Olga hosted the party at the South Granville Park Lodge, Nina’s current home. Family and friends gathered to celebrate Nina’s incredible life and career. Three members of the BCHNS attended, Don Ransom, Glennis Zilm and Sheila Zerr.  Many stories were shared and Nina enjoyed the fun, presents and reminders of times past. Purple is Nina’s favorite color. The birthday cupcakes, bearing purple icing, along with the buffet of delicious food were enjoyed by all. A bouquet of flowers was presented to Nina on behalf of the BCHNS.