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Joyce Nevitt collection

Media Type: 
Textual record
Graphic material
Call Number / Archival Reference Number: 
COLL-177
STEM Field: 
Nursing
Description: 
This collection consists of the papers of Joyce Nevitt, first director of Memorial University's School of Nursing (1965-73). A large part of this collection represents her work in organizing the School of Nursing and the establishment of a baccalaureate degree program. It includes administrative records, correspondence, reports and research material. The collection also includes research material for her book, White Caps and Black Bands: A History of Nursing in Newfoundland to 1934 which was published in 1978 and includes historical research, photographs, and correspondence.There is a small of material relating to her volunteer activities and includes newsletters, lecture notes. minutes of meetings. This collection offers the researcher insight into the medical and nursing history of Newfoundland and Labrador, the history of Memorial University's School of Nursing as well as providing a notable collection of photographs of nurses and hospitals in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Biography/Administrative History: 
Joyce Nevitt (1918-1998), nurse, educator, and writer, was born in Cranbrook, Kent, England on 18 November 1916. Nevitt died of heart disease 10 November 1998. Nevitt spent her early years in Jamaica, but returned to England where she received her nurses' training at the Fulham Hospital in London, and worked as a nurse at the London's Royal National Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital and obtained a certificate in that specialty before coming to Canada in June 1946. She moved to Hamilton, Ontario where she attended McMaster University and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She then University of Toronto where she studied public health nursing, a field of nursing which she favoured throughout her nursing career. During the early 1950s, Nevitt worked at a variety of nursing jobs: head nurse at the Toronto Western Hospital in 1949; with the Victorian Order of Nurses in Toronto in 1951; public health nurse with the Department of Health in Georgetown, Halton County and established the rural public health service in Tarantorus near Sault Ste. Marie in 1957. In 1958 The Canadian Nurse, a national nurses' magazine, offered Nevitt the position of editor of the magazine but she turned it down in order to accept a teaching position at the University of Western Ontario. This marked the beginning of a long and distinguished career in teaching. From 1958 to 1962 she taught public health nursing at the University of Western Ontario [...]
Date(s): 
1934-1998
Extent: 
3.6 m
Province: 
NL
Hosting Institution: 
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Collection Contact: 
archives@mun.ca
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