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School of Nursing fonds

Media Type: 
Multiple media
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STEM Field: 
The fonds consists of records from the School of Nursing, most of which had been accumulated in the course of office administrative activity, and some of which had been collected for the purpose of writing a history of the School. The fonds is arranged in the following series: Office Files (1942-1991), History of Nursing at UBC (1919-1965), School of Nursing Golden Jubilee (1969), Elizabeth McCann's Project Files (1980-1981), and Photographs (including a scrapbook) (1940-1969).
Biography/Administrative History: 
In 1919 the University of British Columbia instituted the first degree course in nursing in the British Empire. The original aim of the program was 'to provide a liberal education for the student nurse and to equip her to meet all professional demands, especially those in the Public Health field and for executive posts'. Ethel Johns was selected for the dual role of coordinator of the University program and Director of Nursing at Vancouver General Hospital. In 1924 the Departments of Nursing and of Public Health were merged to form the Department of Nursing and Health in the Faculty of Applied Science. Mabel Gray was appointed department head the next year, succeeded by Evelyn Mallory in 1944. In 1951 the program was re-organized as the School of Nursing, with Evelyn Mallory as Director. From its beginnings the School has evolved and expanded, so that in 1991 it offered baccalaureate programs leading to the BSN for both high-school graduates and registered nurses, a master's program leading to the MSN, and non-credit courses in continuing nursing education. Since 1951, the School's Directors have been Evelyn Mallory (1951-67), Elizabeth McCann (1967-71), Muriel Uprichard (1971-76), Marilyn Willman (1977-93), Katharyn May (1994-2000), and Sally Thorne (2002-10).
3.03 m of textual records, 163 photographs, 1 scrapbook
Hosting Institution: 
University of British Columbia
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