Fort St. John new elementary school named after pioneer nurse Anne Roberts Young

School District 60 received more than 70 public submissions about a name for Fort St. John’s new elementary school, and pioneer nurse Anne Roberts Young was top among the suggestions. Roberts was the first registered nurse stationed in the North Peace, arriving from England in 1930 to work at the Grand Haven Red Cross Outpost Hospital.

She married farmer and postmaster Jim Young of Rose Prairie and continued working as a nurse after her move to that community, often travelling by horseback and through severe weather to see patients. She delivered more than 300 babies during her 25-year career in the region.

To celebrate the opening of the School the Fort St. John North Peace Museum mounted a display of items from Young’s nursing bag and a brief biography. Here are pictures of the display

Larry Evans, a northern historian, and columnist has written an interesting article about Anne Young and other nurses that served in the Peace River district. Go here to learn more.

Old Hastings Mill Store Museum Opens

 

Survivors of Vancouver’s great fire of 1886 took refuge in Hasting’s Mill Store. The building survived the fire and exists today as the Old Hasting’s Mill Store Museum, Vancouver’s oldest building.

Emily Patterson, Vancouver’s pioneer first nurse, is believed to have shopped in the store when it was located on the waterfront. Although not formally trained, Emily took it upon herself to provide medical treatment to her family and community out of sheer necessity.  She became so adept at her skills that she was thought of as a nurse and was widely respected among Indigenous and pioneer residents up and down Burrard Inlet.

Noted author Lisa Anne Smith’s book: Emily Patterson the Heroic Life of a Milltown Nurse, chronicles the life of this remarkable woman and can be purchased at the Museum. The author kindly donates some of the royalties to the BCHN Society.

A recent successful Go Fund Me campaign raised the needed money to complete essential building updates and repairs. Donations will always be greatly appreciated as work on preserving this heritage building continues.

The Museum will open July 1 for a shortened summer season.

Dr. Shirley Stinson passes June 4, 2020

Dr. Shirley Marie Stinson, OC, AOE, RN, EdD, LLD (Hon), DSc (Hon), DSL (Hon)

Shirley Marie Stinson, an outstanding and visionary nursing leader, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 90 years.  Her major contributions to graduate education for nurses and to development of a national and international nursing research infrastructure made her one of the most honoured of Canadian nurses.  At her investiture as Officer into the Order of Canada in 2002, she was praised for her work to raise the profile of nursing in Canada and for her contributions “to improved standards of patient care around the world.” She also received the Alberta Order of Excellence, the province’s highest award. She was a president of the Canadian Nurses Association and among her many honours was that organization’s top award, the Jeanne Mance Medal.

Dr. Stinson had a passion for history of nursing, and was a long-time member of the BCHNS and a founding member of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing. As a faculty member at the University of Alberta, she encouraged the teaching of history of nursing and was a mentor to at least a generation of nurses on the subject.

For more information and her obituary notice please click on link below: https://edmontonjournal.remembering.ca/obituary/dr-shirley-stinson-1079321899

 

Dissertation Summary of eroding public health nurse role

Very interesting article shared in the Community Health Nurses of BC Newsletter…this dissertation submitted by: Megan Kirk RN, BScN,MSc,PhD(c) toward her PhD.  The whole newsletter in fact, made for interesting reading during Nurses week and Year of the Nurse.  Thank you Ethel Warbinek for passing this along to share with those interested in Public Health History of Nursing!! Continue reading

An Emerging Profession: Psychiatric Nursing at Essondale, 1913-1973

A recent article published during Nurse’s Week, (Tri-City news May 14, 2020) celebrates Psychiatric Nursing. Andrea Tarnawsky Assistant Archivist for the City of Coquitlam Archives researched and wrote the online exhibit An Emerging Profession: Psychiatric Nursing at Essondale,1913-1973.

This well referenced, readable exhibit includes many photographs taken over the years and donated to the Coquitlam Archives by the Riverview Hospital Historical Society. Our member Anna Tremere was instrumental in collecting many artifacts from Riverview so that its story would not be forgotten.

Andrea tells us that they were hoping to have a physical exhibit in their archives space to go with the online, but this is on hold since the Coquitlam archives is currently closed due to COVID-19.

To view the online exhibit, go to http://www.coquitlam.ca/nursing

National Nursing Week

 Monday May 11, 2020 marks the start of National Nursing Week in Canada.

The week, which began in 1971, is intended to draw attention to nurses in our health care system, and to recognize their hard work they do year-round.

Gloria Stephens, a former BCHNS member who left BC a few years back and established the Nova Scotia History of Nursing Group, sent the following message to Honourary Member Glennis Zilm and agreed to share it.

A MESSAGE from NURSING HISTORY NOVA SCOTIA SOCIETY: (NHNSS)

 As nursing ‘history buffs’, we have studied our forebearers and give thanks and praise for these pioneering nurses who, under difficult situations and struggles, developed our solid foundation on which we so proudly stand today.

The theme for National Nurses Week: ‘A Voice to Lead: Nursing the World to Health’ is so true of the past but in this extreme health crisis of today, the words have a greater impact on the public at large and all nurses within the ‘health team’ must feel so proud, as they should.

Speaking for all members of NHNSS: ‘Hats off’ to those nurses working on the front lines who have demonstrated exceptional courage, commitment, compassion and leadership as they perform their ‘Duty of Care’.

To you, the retired members of NHNSS, you also deserve a bow and thanks for all the many hours and sacrifices that you gave for the benefit of those under you care for which you were responsible for their return to health or the provision that you made for their peaceful and dignified passing.

Quote from Florence Nightingale whose 200 Birthday is May 12: “Nursing is a progressive art in which to stand still is to have gone back. Progress can never end but with a nurse’s life”.

 Bless you all and toast yourselves every day this week and always!! Gloria