Kennedy, Fanny Annette (Nan) (1914-1996)

Nan received her RN from VGH in 1933, and spent the next nine years as a general and private duty nurse.  After receiving a diploma in public health from UBC, she spent the next eight years as a public health nurse in Rossland, the Upper Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland.  She received her BSN  from UBC in 1954 and spent four years with WHO as a public health nursing consultant in East Pakistan and Iran.

She returned to study for her Masters’ in Nursing at the University of Washington in Seattle.  In 1959 she joined the RNABC as Director of Education services and became Executive Director in 1970.    For the next eight years she managed the dramatic change that growth and changing concepts in nursing education brought to the profession.  Her work was recognized in 1978 with her being awarded the RNABC Award of Merit and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Nomination for the CNA Memorial Book.
  2. Biographical information
  3. “UVic Honours Nan Kennedy,” RNABC News, June-July 1978, p. 22.
  4. “B.C. Leader Takes a Retirement Look at Nursing Profession’s Past and Future,” RNABC News, August-September 1978, pp. 4-6.
  5. “VGH Provides Object Lesson on Theme,” RNABC News, June-July 1978, p. 8.
  6. Ten photographs with accompanying correspondence
  7. Negative (b&w) of her photograph, also on file at RNABC
  8. Letter from Jean Robertson (Nan’s sister) to Esther Paulson with a poem “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and the program from her funeral service.
  9. “Profile”, RNABC News, Oct./Nov. 1970, p. 5
  10. “Former RNABC Executive Director Remembered”, Nursing BC, 28, No. 4 (August- September 1996), p. 29.