Nursing History Nova Scotia

Our next meeting is Wdnesday, September 18, 2019

@ 1:00 pm

2565 Roosevelt Drive, Halifax, NS


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 Westin 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 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 Charlene Day:


              Development of a Nursing History Nova Scotia Book of Remembrance

Dear Nursing Colleagues:

My name is Allan Tobacca. I am 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 $15.00 and I would be pleased to provide you with additional information. Submissions for the Book of Remembrance may be made to:

Thank you
Allan Tobacca RN

Next Meeting of Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni

April 2, 2019Starts @ 7 p.m.

In Bethune Building Ballroom, University Avenue, Halifax, NS

New Publication 

                                                                                                                The Lamp Was Heavy  

                                                                                                                                By Barbara Keddy                  

                                                                                                                       Clickto see cover page   NHNS.JPG  

The Lamp Was Heavy may be purchased directly from the author.

$20 plus $4.00 shipping

Please send an email to Dr. Barbara Keddy at:

In addition, the book may also be purchased through 

ISBN: 978-1-897462-55-3

 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.

From the Cape Breton Post, December 5, 2018

Glace Bay General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association disbands after almost a century. 

For the whole story click the url below

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.

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)