150 Nurses to Know

July / August 2017   Comments

To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canadian Nurse and infirmière canadienne take a look back at 150 of the incredible individuals we’ve profiled since the popular series began. We hope you enjoy. You can read the full profiles at Canadian-Nurse.com and infirmiere-canadienne.com (some profiles are available in either English or French only, as originally published).


A passion for justice

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless about the thousands of homeless, about pasty-faced teenagers covered in filthy blankets, about weekly deaths, about overcrowded, disease-infested shelters. Street nurse Cathy Crowe feels overwhelmed too — overwhelmed with a desperate desire to do something. (March)

April 1998, Kathryn Hannah

Canada’s pioneer of nursing informatics
If you want to know about nursing informatics in Canada, Kathryn Hannah tops your list of interviewees. But first you have to catch her as she whirls from Calgary across the continent, editing books, delivering keynote addresses and marketing information systems. (April)

New Brunswick’s activist archivist
Arlee McGee has packed many careers into her life: One-room school teacher and university lecturer. Office and hospital nurse. Community health nurse and nurse consultant. Film and paralegal researcher. Author, poet and playwright. (May)

Thirty minutes a day to a better world
The headline may sound glib, but Ken Agar-Newman lives by those words in his pursuit of human rights. Every minute counts: breaks at his hospital, moments snatched before his three children wake up. (June)

The view from inside
One of the first things the Honourable Joan Marie Aylward tells you is how proud she is to be a nurse. And since 1996, when she ran successfully as a candidate for the provincial Liberal Party in the District of St. John’s Centre, Newfoundland, she’s been proud to be a politician too. (August)

“The possibilities are great”
While playing cards, a young aboriginal man is stabbed in the stomach with a butter knife. He’s flown to Thompson, Manitoba, then Winnipeg where he suffers cardiac arrest four times and finally dies. Nearly 20 years after this and similar tragedies, Fjola Hart-Wasekeesikaw still remembers how she felt: “I loved being a nurse, but I was sad and frustrated by these deaths because they were preventable.” (September)

Privileged to work in pediatrics
After nearly 20 years in pediatric nursing, Rebecca Attenborough still considers it an “incredible privilege.” “We have an opportunity to hopefully make a difference in a small way,” she says, “and help families learn to manage in difficult circumstances.” (October)

A small simple thing
Lori Tulloch caters to the migrating men of the morning who rove from one dumpster to the next searching for bottles, food, whatever. Her Whitehorse, Yukon, clinic is deliberately on their route, in a cramped room of an aging downtown hotel, and they stop by for a little snack, warm socks, needle exchange, advice or maybe just a kind word. (November)

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