Upcoming Meeting and AGM

July 29, 2008

Advance Notice of Next Allemang Society Meeting

Date:  Saturday September 26th, 2009.

Time:  AGM at 2pm followed by illustrated talk at 3pm 

Speaker: Christina Bates, historian, Canadian Museum of Civilization 

Topic:  Starched White Bibs: Moulding the Student Nurse’s Body, Behaviour and Identity  

Place:  Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto, 155 College Street, Room 100.  The nearest subway is Queens Park. There is  parking at College/McCaul.

Members and non-members welcome

Newsletter July 2008

July 15, 2008

Feature Article

Louise Brent, Nurse Leader

Louse Brent, Lady Superintendent of the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) 1896 – 1913 made a major contribution to pediatric care and to nurse training. As one of the first generation of trained nurses, she contributed significantly to the founding of professional nursing organisations in Canada.

Born October 9, 1856, the daughter of James W. Brent and Mary Ann Holland, Brent was educated at Miss Stubbs Private School in Toronto and at 32 years of age entered training at the Brooklyn City Hospital, New York. She graduated in 1890, returned to Toronto as Lady Superintendent of the Grace Hospital then, after six years, moved to the Hospital for Sick Children. Selected by John Ross Robertson, wealthy businessman, philanthropist and Chairman of the HSC Board, Brent proved a worthy ally for Robertson in his drive to place HSC at the forefront of scientific pediatric care (the fact that Brent was related to him by marriage probably helped to smooth her path).
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