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Women's College Hospital School of Nursing graduate nurses collection

Media Type: 
Multiple media
Call Number / Archival Reference Number: 
WCH-NUR
STEM Field: 
Nursing
Description: 

This collection contains the records of graduates of the Women's College Hospital School of Nursing. In addition to material related to their training at the School of Nursing, the collection also includes information related to missionary work and military service. The collection consists primarily of textual records, but it includes a small number of photographs and artefacts. The collection is arranged into 56 series. Individual series are named with the convention of using the married name of the individual plus the maiden name and class year in parentheses.

Biography/Administrative History: 

Women's College Hospital School of Nursing began in 1915. Its first student was Miss Sarah Jane Glenn, who asked to receive training at the hospital. After two years of instruction from hospital staff, she received a diploma and pin in 1917. The training school and residence was located in a large home on Rusholme Road. Applicants to the school had to supply a certificate of good health and letters to show they had 'sound moral character.' In 1918, the new School of Nursing officially graduated its first class of two students. In 1919, the school expanded its program from 2 years to 2.5 years. In the early 1920s, it was expanded again to 3 years. Early students studied basic medical and surgical nursing, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, public health, dietetics, chemistry, ethics, and parliamentary procedure. Women's College Hospital School of Nursing was accredited in 1922. From 1924 onward, all nursing students from accredited nursing schools were required to pass special examinations by the province of Ontario in order to be recognized as a registered nurse. In 1935, Women's College Hospital moved to its current location at 76 Grenville Street. The nurses' residence also moved at this time, expanding to occupy several residences on Grosvenor Street. In 1955, the nurses' residence expanded again and moved to Burton Hall. In 1973, the Ontario government passed legislation that transferred nursing education from hospitals to universities. While current students continued at Women's College Hospital School of Nursing until graduation, new nursing students enrolled at Ryerson University (then Ryerson Polytechnical Institute). The last nursing class graduated from Women's College Hospital School of Nursing in 1975. Although the School of Nursing formally closed, Women's College Hospital continued to provide clinical experience to nursing students. From 1918-1975, 1,444 nurses graduated from Women's College Hospital School of Nursing.

Date(s): 
1921-2007
Extent: 
1 m of textual records and other materials, 21 photographs
Province: 
ON
Hosting Institution: 
Women's College Hospital
Collection Contact: 
wch.archives@wchospital.ca
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