20/20 An Amazing Story

                               20/20 is the 100th Anniversary of the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni, which will be celebrated in September of 2020.  

                     Plan now to attend this 3 day event at the Hilton Nova Scotian, and the VGH Archives in the Bethune building, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

                                  What is so significant about this event?  Well, for 100 years this Alumni has met on the first Tuesday of the month... since it's inception

                                      March 2, 1920.  It is believed that this Alumni is the only such nursing alumni in Canada to do so as a continuously functioning organization.

This Alumni has met every objective and maintained it's mandate over all these years, as well as promoting it's motto: 

"Respect the Past to Build the Future".

Nursing History Nova Scotia

Our next meeting is November 21, 2018

@ 1:00 pm

2565 Roosevelt Drive, Halifax, NS


Next Meeting of Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni

December 4, 2018Starts @ 7 p.m.

In Bethune Building Ballroom, University Avenue, Halifax, NS

An invitation has gone out to members of Nursing History Nova Scotia and to Alumni of other Nursing Schools.

This is our annual Christmas social gathering. Refreshments will be served. 

 Check out the website for Aberdeen School of Nursing Archives in New Glasgow, NS.

Lots of photographs and artifacts to see. Copy and paste address below to your browser.

New publication now available 

Letters from a Stroke Victim: A nurse who graduated from Payzant Memorial Hospital in 1930

writes to a nurse who graduated from the same hospital in 1926. Annotations identify virtually

everyone mentioned, from nurses, doctors, and residents of Windsor and elsewhere in Hants

and Kings Counties. 110 pages (8.5”x11”) Transcribed and edited by Dale A. McClare. 

For your copy of this PDF file contact  Dale McClare 

PDF document will be emailed and purchaser can send cheque or email transfer.

 Price is $5.00

News from the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia

Sheri MacLellan, Corporative Services, is the contact person. Phone 902 491 9744 –L252


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Neurosurgery Nursing the First 50 Years

Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing graduate named to Order of Canada
Official title is now: Susan E. French, O.C, PhD, DSc(Hon). Pretty impressive for a VGH 1957B graduate, eh!!!

Susan French, class of 1957B;BN’65; named as an Officer of the Order, is a McGill alumna who taught Nursing at McGill in the 1960s before embarking on a 31-year career at McMaster University, where she served as Associate Dean of Health Sciences (Nursing) and Director of its School of Nursing from 1980 to 1990. After retiring from McMaster, she returned to McGill to be Director of the McGill School of Nursing from 2001 to 2005.
As a friend of Susan's said  "Officer of Canada...not bad for a gal from Sheet Harbour".

For information on the Order of Canada and the nomination process, etc. go to, go to Honours and then Order of Canada.

Gloria Stephens, our president, recently attended the 2014 National Conference in Toronto of the Canadian Association of the History of Nursing (CAHN). One of the books she purchased was :
“Sisters of Mercy & Survival: Armenian nurses 1900 –1930” by Isabel Kaprielian-Churchill
“The book focuses on Armenian nurses in the Ottoman Empire. It shows how Armenian nurses laid the foundation of modern nursing, midwifery and public health in these regions”.

Nursing History

 Nova Scotia


Yarmouth Nursing Rings

On June 25th, 2014, Gloria Stephen's, our president, hosted a luncheon meeting, serving great food and wine. This is a photo taken at the luncheon as Allan Tobbaca presented Gloria with a gift, a token of our appreciation for Gloria's work as president and as host for the luncheon meeting and all of our monthly meetings throughout the year. Thanks Gloria.

Members of Nursing History Nova Scotia have been busy researching and compiling information on nursing history in Nova Scotia. Check out the latest files recently uploaded. Moose River Gold Mine Disaster     Nurses Uniforms Dolls    Nursing Pioneers   Nurses as Veterans   Nursing Firsts and Other Milestones   Photographs     Polio History     Story Behind the Nurses' Cap...McLean Hospital  #7 Dalhousie  (Stationary Medical Unit WWI)

  The following Announcement: Capital Health Memo from Paula Bond, VP Acute Care - Person Centred HealthDecember 13, 2013  Appointment of Acting Health Services Director of Surgery HI/MTU/CHU & VG Ambulatory Care  

We are pleased to announce that Peter MacDougall has accepted the position of acting Health Services Director for QEII – Halifax Infirmary Orthopedic & Plastic Surgery, Medical Teaching Unit (MTU), Community Health Unit (CHU), In-patient Trauma Services, Respiratory Services and Ambulatory Services located at the Victoria General Site.


Peter will assume his responsibilities starting January 6th, 2014. This is a two year acting assignment.


Peter has been with Capital Health since 2005. Peter currently holds the position of Manager of the Integrated Palliative Care Services & Thoracic Surgery. Prior to joining Capital Health he held management positions at Cape Breton Regional Hospital and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. 


Peter is presently the President of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia. 


Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Peter to this position.




Paula Bond

VP Acute Care – Person Centered Health

Nursing History Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Barbara Keddy, one of our board members, is one of five people honoured recently by the Dalhousie School of Nursing Inspiring Minds.


News items for May 2013

Members of Nursing History NS had a successful display booth of artifacts and historical data at the College Registered Nurses NS


Another display booth was set up by members during the Canadian Medical Historical Society conference in Halifax. This was the first time that a nursing group participated. Below are two photographs from this event.



Nursing History Nova Scotia Interest Group Update

The Nursing History Nova Scotia interest group has been compiling profiles on nurses who have practiced their profession in this province. It is not our intention to publish these Profiles on the website but to keep a database of profiles for their historical value. The following form Profile Guidelines is a  guide to the information you could provide and send to:   or

Several history projects are underway on specific aspects of nursing in Nova Scotia. They include a history of ECT, Psychiatric Nursing, Cardio-Vascular Nursing (Intensive Care and Open Heart) and the Polio Clinic. 



Development of a Nursing History Nova Scotia Book of Remembrance

A Book of Remembrance has  been set up and may be seen on this website under the title Book of Remembrance. Allan Tobacca, chair of Profiles and Obituaries, welcomes your input. 

Dear Nursing Colleagues:

My name is Allan Tobacca and I currently work as a casual staff nurse on Transition Hall at the Nova Scotia Hospital. I am also a member of Nursing History Nova Scotia which was formed in 2007. One of our objectives is to locate, record, preserve memorablia relating to the history of nursing in Nova Scotia. We also feel it is important to honor those registered nurses who have died and enter their names in a data base which will be called Nursing History Nova Scotia Book of Remembrance. If you would like to submit the name of a former nurse who has died I would ask that you include the following information: maiden and married name (if applicable), year of graduation from nursing school and death date, and also a brief overview of their nursing career. There is no fee involved for this service. For those of you who might wish to join our group the annual dues are $10.00 and I would be pleased to provide you with additional information. Submissions for the Book of Remembrance may be made to:   or

Thank you
Allan Tobacca RN

Please click here:   Peter MacDougall