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Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL) fonds
The fonds consists of minutes, reports, correspondence, acts of legislation, as well as supporting documents such as newsletters, speeches, newspaper clippings, position discussion papers, and promotional material relating to the activities of the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL). The fonds also consists of a photograph collection and audio visual material.
The Association of Registered Nurses Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL) evolved from the Newfoundland Graduate Nurses' Association (1913-1953). NGNA was formed in 1913 and was initially chaired by Mary Meager Southcott. This association set standards for nursing education and safe nursing practice, but had no authority to enforce them. After a period of inactivity NGNA was reorganized in 1933 with Lucy Barron acting as President. The NGNA was reincorporated in 1935. It's mandate was to promote the interests of graduate nurses, monitor legislation, encourage education, and advance professional practices and standards. From 1950 - 1953, a group of nurses developed an act intended to regulate nursing and nurses in the province. The Newfoundland Registered Nurses Act was passed in the House of Assembly on May 20, 1953 and came into effect January 1, 1954. The new Registered Nurses Act gave nurses the right to regulate nursing in the province and the responsibility to protect the public [...]