Kergin, Dorothy Jean (1928-1989)
See Oral History files, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 8
See Pages of History, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 9, File 2
A well-known educator with a varied career, Dorothy Kergin graduated from the VGH School of Nursing in 1951 and with a BSN from UBC in 1952. She became a public health nurse with the BC government from 1952 – 1963. She received both her MPH and PhD from Ann Arbor Michigan. She was Associate Dean of Health Sciences at McMaster University from 1970-1979, and Director of the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria from 1980-1988. During her tenure there, distance education programs for registered nurses expanded using the newly established Knowledge Network.
Dr. Kergin showed leadership in developing the following: joint appointments between nursing faculty and heath care agencies; the nurse practitioner program; and a collaborative arrangement between the university and the Aga Khan foundation for the establishment of a school of nursing in Pakistan. She received the RNABC Award of Merit in 1986, the Jeanne Mance Award, and the Ethel johns Award.
Contents of Biographical File
- Oral history contact form
- Curriculum Vitae, July 11, 1988
- Letters from Mary Nicol, dated January 28, 1988 and 25 August 1988.
- “News”, The Canadian Nurse (September 1972), p. 7.
- “Nurse Practitioners-the National Picture”, The Canadian Nurse, April 1978, pp. 13-18.
- Candidate for Member at Large, Nursing Education, The Canadian Nurse (1982), p. 6.
- Award of Merit: Dorothy Jean Kergin, Victoria, RNABC Member Recognition Awards (1986).
- RNABC Awards, RNABC News, May-June 1986, Cover and pp. 14-16.
- “UVic Director Honoured by RNABC,” May 16, 1986, RNABC.
- Mary Richmond, Biographical notes
- Brochure for the Dorothy J. Kergin Endowment Fund
- Citation for posthumous award, with attachments