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Place and Practice in Canadian Nursing History

The close association between nurses and hospitals obscures the diversity and complexity of nursing work in other contexts. This collection looks at nurses and nursing in a wide range of settings from the mid-1800s to the 1970s, including indigenous women on the Canadian prairies; First World War nurses posted overseas; outpost nurses in rural and remote areas of Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec; public health nurses in Winnipeg; and religious congregations in nursing education in New Brunswick.

The contributors use feminist and historical perspectives to illustrate how place, understood as both social context and geographic setting, shaped nursing identities and practices. Many nurses found place both liberating and constraining – often simultaneously. Paying attention to place also situates these nurses and their work within larger historical themes of nation-building, war, and political change.


232 pages


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction / Jayne Elliott, Cynthia Toman, and Meryn Stuart

1 “A Loyal Body of Empire Citizens”: Military Nurses and Identity at Lemnos and Salonika, 1915-17 / Cynthia Toman

2 Social Sisters: A Feminist Analysis of the Discourses of Canadian Military Nurse Helen Fowlds, 1915-18 / Meryn Stuart

3 The Healing Work of Aboriginal Women in Indigenous and Newcomer Communities / Kristin Burnett

4 Cleansers, Cautious Caregivers and Optimistic Adventurers: A Proposed Typology of Arctic Canadian Nurses, 1945-70 / Myra Rutherdale

5 Region, Faith, and Health: The Development of Winnipeg’s Visiting Nursing Agencies, 1897-1926 / Marion McKay

6 “Suitable Young Women”: Red Cross Nursing Pioneers and the Crusade for Healthy Living in Manitoba, 1920-30 / Linda Quiney

7 The Call of the North: Settlement Nurses in the Remote Areas of Quebec, 1932-72 / Johanne Daigle

8 (Re)constructing the Identity of a Red Cross Outpost Nurse: The Letters of Louise de Kiriline, 1927-36 / Jayne Elliott

9 University Nursing Education for Francophones in New Brunswick in the 1960s: The Role of Nuns, Priests, Politicians, and Nurses / Anne-Marie Arseneault

Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index

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