Here are excellent History of Nursing sites and links to other resources
The School of Nursing, located in Kamloops BC, started in 1904 and closed its doors 70 years later. This site is sponsored by the loyal alumnae and celebrates the history of the school.
This website celebrates the proud past of the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing in Victoria. The alumnae association dissolved at the end of 2019, but their website remains “a passport to nostalgia with its online archival photos and documents”.
Maureen Duffus, author and historian presents the story and photos of selected British Columbia nurses who served in England, Salonica and France.
The Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (CAHN/ACHN) is an interest group of the Canadian Nurses Association. CAHN/ACHN’s purpose is to promote interest in the history of nursing and to develop scholarship in the field.
The Canadian Nursing History Collection (online) is a rich repository of artefacts and documents held by the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, PQ) and the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa).
The aim of this group is to bring students, faculty and members of the wider community together to expand knowledge of the history of nursing. Click on digital collections to find many interesting resources.
Visit here to see an amazing collection of Florence Nightingale letters and a link to a biography of her life.
Florence Nightingale Museum
Florence Nightingale is renowned as one of the pioneers of modern nursing. This London-based Museum houses artefacts owned or used by Nightingale, material connected with the Crimean war, as well as military, hospital and nursing memorabilia.
An interesting collection of infant feeding devices is in the Woodward Biomedical Library at the University of British Columbia and is available for viewing on this site.
The family of Dr. Helen Mussallem created a website for friends, colleagues and family to participate in writing this beloved nurse’s biography. Dr. Mussallem is an Honourary Member of the BC History of Nursing Society.
This site explores the history of nursing education in Nova Scotia from 1890 to the late 20th century. Narrative text, photographs and documents from twenty nursing schools in Nova Scotia are found on this interesting site.
These web pages contain resources for nursing and the health professions. Click on nursing, then history of nursing, for some valuable links to historical resources.
Information on the history of the Hospitals founded by this umbrella organization can be found on this site.
A work in progress: all the available surviving writing of Florence Nightingale will be published in the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, by Dr. Lynne MacDonald, University of Guelph, Ontario.
Visit this site if you are looking for information on the history of the School of Nursing. Click on Alumnae (In Memorium) and read tributes to graduates of the School.
One of Canada’s premiere nursing schools is proud of its more than 8,000 graduates. This newly developed website helps to preserve the school’s 99-year legacy, support its alumnae and foster connectedness between its members.
The BC Nurses Memorial Book is available for viewing on-line. The book tells the stories of past nursing pioneers who made significant contributions to nursing in British Columbia and to the nursing profession. Initiated in the early 1990’s by the Registered Nurses Association of BC (RNABC), the updated book resides on the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia (NNPBC) website.
This interesting publication, written by noted historians Glennis Zilm and Ethel Warbinek, has brief annotated profiles and some photographs of UBC School of Nursing Graduates from the Ethel John’s Years. All 73 diploma and degree graduates until 1925 are included.
This Center established in 1991 at the University of Virginia is dedicated to the preservation and study of nursing history. Their very impressive newsletter Windows in Time, published twice a year, can now be read online.
The Nova Scotia History of Nursing Society was spearheaded by Gloria Stephens in 2007. Their Logo is “Honouring the Past”, and the website contains many interesting articles. Gloria Stephens has been awarded the Anna Hamilton Memorial award for Outstanding Voluntary Service to the Nova Scotian Archival Community
The mission of this recently formed group is to advocate for African, Caribbean, and Black nurses and Black communities in British Columbia. The group’s vision is to inspire their members to address racism and discrimination and advocate for equality within the health care systems in a meaningful way.
The Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association is a non-governmental, non-profit organization. It is an affiliate group of the Canadian Nurses Association. The CINA is the only professional nursing organization for Indigenous peoples in Canada and was formerly known as the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada. Wikipedia
In 2018 the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia (NNPBC) became the professional body representing all nursing professions in British Columbia. Their mission statement is “We support and promote excellence in nursing practice, education, research, leadership and policy by advocating for healthy public policy, promoting excellence in nursing practice and empowering nurses to actively influence and shape decisions that affect the profession and the public they serve.”