Ms. Nevitt was born in England, and came to Canada for the first
time after the Second World War. She worked in Ontario and Michigan
before becoming the first director of the Memorial University
School of Nursing. Her contribution to the school included not
only the initial development of the program and curriculum,
but also the design of the pin, cap and first uniform. Ms. Nevitt
was the author of a book on Newfoundland's nursing history,
entitled White Caps and Black Bands. She died in St.
John's in 1998.
In 1973 Ms. McLean replaced Ms. Nevitt, becoming the second
director of the school. She did her initial training in nursing
in Montreal, and went on to work in Canada and the United States
before coming to Memorial. Her time as director saw important
changes and expansions in the nursing curriculum, as well as
a gain in independence as a school. An annual lecture was established
in her name, and most recently the speaker was Dr. Siobhan Nelson
from the University of Toronto. Ms. McLean died in 1998.
Dr. Caroline White
After Ms. McLean retired, Dr. White became the director. Born
and trained in the United States, Dr. White received many awards
and brought research and experience to the school. During her
brief tenure, just three years, the school grew physically as
new space was built in the Health Science Centre, saw the first
graduates receive a Masters in nursing, and the transition from
the traditional white uniform to the academic hood and gown.
Dr. Leslie Hardy
With Dr. Hardy came a period of growth for the school of nursing.
Coming to Newfoundland she had experience in different provinces
which she shared with Memorial. During her time new faculty
positions were established in the school, and there was emphasis
placed on expanding faculty research. Dr. Hardy was the director
during the school's 25th Anniversary Celebrations in 1991.
Dr. Marianne Lamb
An Ontario native, Dr. Lamb came to Newfoundland with a wide
variety of nursing experience, from clinical to administrative
positions. She completed the final portion of her doctorate
while she was also the director of the School of Nursing at
Memorial. Dr. Lamb's directorship saw the increase in distance
education, to where the first RN's received their BN entirely
by distance, as well as an increase in international nursing
Dr. Carole Orchard
Dr. Orchard had a background in both nursing research and administration
when she became the director in 1998. Her time at Memorial was
responsible for the initiation of the Nursing Research Unit,
a continuation of international work, and most notably, the
development of the BN fast track program.
Dr. Sandra LeFort
The current director, Dr. LeFort, is the first to have received
some of her education here at Memorial. She has continued and
expanded the achievements of the school to date, and is also
a widely recognized researcher of pain management.