Historical context

July / August 2017   Comments

Marc Bourgeois
Welcome to the first summer issue of Canadian Nurse since 2003. With so much happening in nursing and health care across the country, CNA wanted to ensure readers don’t miss a thing.

I normally associate summer months with a time of learning through chance discovery. And this year won’t be different. With celebrations of the sesquicentennial anniversary of Confederation in full swing, I look forward to visiting various communities in Ontario and New Brunswick and joining in the local festivities.

This issue of Canadian Nurse focuses on the history and evolution of the nursing profession. As you read it, you will discover 150 of the Nurses to Know we have showcased since this popular series began. I was amazed at the depth of knowledge and experience and the broad range of practice settings in these stories. I can clearly see how these nurses influenced health care through innovation and advocacy.

This feature complements CNA’s online salute to 150 nurses honoured specifically for Canada 150 as pioneers of health innovation in Canada and around the world. You can read about them at cna-aiic.ca/Canada150nurses.

In another feature, the authors reconsider the history of nursing, with perspectives on traditions, autonomy and education in the profession. They focus on Indigenous caregivers, the French nursing sisters and British apprenticeship training.

Also in this issue, we report on a new travelling exhibit called Their Votes Counted. The bilingual exhibit commemorates the nursing sisters of the First World War, who were the first women to vote in a federal election. It was developed by the Victoria County Historical Society, in partnership with CNA and with funding provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Other articles of interest include a report on the 2017 International Council of Nurses congress, highlights from the latest data on regulated nurses and survey results of nurses’ use of digital health technologies.

There is a lot to be proud about in the nursing profession, and I encourage you to continue using the National Nursing Week hashtag #YESThisIsNursing to highlight to all Canadians how you influence health care and their health.

Meanwhile, enjoy the summer and enjoy the celebrations marking Confederation.

Marc Bourgeois

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