Subfonds - Community Health Nurses' Group of the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia

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Community Health Nurses' Group of the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia

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87 cm of textual records and other material.

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The Community Health Nurses Group of the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia was established in 1979. The need for such a group had been identified in the spring of 1978, when the Public Health Nursing Council (PHNC) was disbanded. Some of the nurses from the PHNC came together with the goal of establishing a new group to provide a united professional voice for community nurses and their interests.

After much discussion, it was decided to pursue interest group status in the RNABC, rather than membership in the Canadian Public Health Association. On September 6, 1978, an organizational meeting was held, and “Community Nurses’ Interest Group” was chosen as the name of the proposed group. A presentation was made by the group to the RNABC Board of Directors one week later, and on September 29 permission was granted for the formation of the Community Nurses’ Interest Group.

The major objectives of the group were to promote professional growth among nurses; to contribute to continuing education for community health nurses; and to facilitate communication among members and between community health nurses and the RNABC. The group, under the name Community Health Nurses’ Interest Group, (CHNIG), was not officially established until November 1979, when its bylaws were approved by the RNABC’s Board of Directors.

The Group’s first president was Joey Williams. Membership in the group was made available to all RNABC members engaged or interested in community health nursing. As the Group’s membership grew, regional groups were established throughout British Columbia. In 1987, the Group was involved in the formation of the Community Health Nurses’ Association of Canada (CHNAC).

The CHNIG changed its name to the Community Health Nurses’ Group (CHNG) of the RNABC in 1990. The following members served as Presidents of the CHNIG/ CHNG: Joey Williams (1979-1983); Joan Gallacher (1983-1985); Nora Whyte (1986-1988); Gail Beddome (1989-1991); Diane Harding (1992-1993); Ray Thompson (1993-1995); Cindy Fox (1996-1997); Tamara Olson (1998-1999); and Shirley Sterlinger (2000-2004).

Declining membership (33 in 2003), a shortage of people willing to perform necessary tasks, and the lack of executive support from PH nurse administrators, led to the Group being placed on modified inactive status from October 2000 to October 2002. Subsequent attempts to revive the group were unsuccessful. The Group applied to the RNABC for dissolution February 21, 2003.

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Subfonds consists of records pertaining to the formation, organization, functions, and activities of the Community Health Nurses’ Group, dating from 1978 to 2003. Records of the Executive Committee document activities from 1981 to 1999. Other committee records include those of education, membership, newsletter, planning and public relations.

Some documentation of relationships with regional groups in BC is included, as well as more extensive records of relationships with the RNABC and CHNAC. Papers, pamphlets, surveys and projects records discuss such subjects as the role of the community health nurse. Programs, notes and informational material relate to conferences and workshops hosted or attended by the Community Health Nurses’ Group. Other reports, papers and newspaper clippings relate to community and public health nursing in general. A number of photographs depict community health nursing activities.

Subfonds is composed of the following series:

  1. Organizational and general administrative records
  2. Committee records
  3. Regional groups
  4. Relationship with the RNABC
  5. Relationship with the CHNAC
  6. Projects and papers records
  7. Conferences and workshops records
  8. Reports, papers and newspaper clippings relating to community and public health nursing in general
  9. General photographs

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Subfonds was established by B.C. History of Nursing Society Archives and has been retained upon transfer to RBSC.

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Includes the following photographs and negatives: RBSC-ARC-1831-PH-1202 to 1260, PH-1269, PH-2077 to 2082.

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20 photographs
21 negatives
7 contact sheets

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