Collection aarn-2203 - Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Oral History Collection

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Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Oral History Collection

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CA AARN aarn-2203

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  • 1933-1994 (Creation)
    Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Museum and Archives

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41 audiotape cassettes. -- 38.5 cm of textual records. -- 24 photographs.

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The Oral History Collection of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses was built up through gifts, assigned student exercises (University of Alberta. Faculty of Nursing 550: History of Nursing) and by its own Oral History Program under the auspicies of the History of Nursing Professional Practice Group. The time span of the collected interviews ranges from WWII to 1996, as Winnie Shandro describes over 50 years of Public Health Nursing in Alberta. There is a wide variety in the facets of nursing service which are covered by in the collection: public health and military service as above, as well as mental health, obstetrics, operating room practice, inter-cultural nursing practice, administration, teaching in hospital schools of nursing and in the Faculties of Nursing at colleges and universities, and of major importance, activities which advanced the profession of nursing. The nurses describe their training and further education, their experiences in nursing practive, which took them, in some cases from Alberta to Texas, or Papua-New Guinea, or Taiwan. Changes in nursing experiences are noted, especially in the nurse/doctor relationsships in the operating rooms or in the wards. The mentors who assisted them throughout their careers are acknowledged.

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The material was assembled over a period of more than 8 years as indivual gifts, special projects and nursing class assignments. Interviewers for the University of Alberta. Faculty of Nursing 550 classes between 1992 and 1994 include: Moira Bazin, Jean Bellstedt, Jocelyn Thibault-Prevost and Barbara Boyle. Interviewers for the AARN History of Nursing Professional Practices Group between 1993-1996 were Lynne French, Irene Mazurenko, Carol Ritch, and Sheila Way.

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The fonds consists of recorded interviews with various members of the nursing profession for their personal and professional histories and of the institutions in which they served. Subjects on the tapes include: Laura Attrux (as described by Helen Getzinger and Stella Boisvert) Nellie Beatty, Jackie Brewe, Yvonne Chapman, Gurty Chinell, Kay Christie, Betty Eggen, Vera Gingras, Glenna Gorrill, Betty Gourlay, Elnora Hibbert, Jessie Morrison, Florence Nightingale, Mary Adelaide Nutting, Geneva Purcell, Phyliss Robinson, Martha Rogers, Helen Sabin, Marguerite Schumacher, Winnie Shandro, Muriel Shewchuk, Margaret Street, and Helen Westley.

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  • The material is in English.

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Inventory and Tape summaries or transciption notes are available at the Repository.

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See also AARN 92.37 Canadian Nurses of World War I: Oral History Programme fonds and AARN 95.7 University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Nursing: History of Nursing Oral History Project fonds.

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Further accruals are expected.

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