Subfonds - UBC School of Nursing

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UBC School of Nursing

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2.28 m of textual records
ca. 112 photographs

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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 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 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 following year, succeeded by Evelyn Mallory in 1944. In 1951 the program was reorganized as the School of Nursing, with Evelyn Mallory as Director. From its beginnings, the School has evolved and expanded. For example, in 1991, it offered baccalaureate programs leading to the BSN for 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), MarilynWillman (1977-93), Katharyn May (1994-2000), and Sally Thorne (2002-10).

Custodial history

These records were accumulated by the University Of British Columbia School Of Nursing, in which the archives is currently situated, partly to aid in writing a history of the School. In 1984 and 1995 UBC Archives acquired extensive records from the School which have been designated the School of Nursing fonds. The remaining records were either not accepted by UBC Archives or not transferred. The records described here are those remaining in the School of Nursing.

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Subfonds consists of records related to the functions of the School of Nursing, particularly the development of nursing courses and programs. Much material relates to the program offerings and procedures for ensuring their effectiveness. A smaller number of records document more general concerns related to future planning. Historical information on the development of the school is also included.

Subfonds is arranged in the following series:

  1. General Historical and Administrative Documents
  2. Curriculum Review and Development
  3. Course Co-ordination
  4. Program and Individual Evaluation and Planning
  5. Model for Nursing
  6. Standing Committees
  7. Student Papers
  8. Transcriptions of Taped Interviews
  9. Administrative Records
  10. Faculty Information
  11. Student Information
  12. Nursing Division of the Alumni Association of the University of British Columbia
  13. Photographs
  14. Reference Material
  15. Publications

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Includes the following photographs: RBSC-ARC-1831-PH-1427, PH-1439 to 1470, PH-1475 to 1576.

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