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REF NO.: 92

SUBJECT: Nursing contribution during First World War highlight of annual conference

DATE: June 9

The theme of this year’s Atlantic Regional Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing conference is fitting, considering that 2016 is Memorial University’s School of Nursing’s 50th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the tragedy of Beaumont Hamel.

Nursing Education in the Atlantic Region: Past, Present and Future takes place at the School of Nursing in the Health Sciences Centre from June 10-12.

“Our association holds a conference every year and we’re fortunate to have this year’s event in St. John’s during a very significant time in the history of our school and our province,” said Dr. Alice Gaudine, dean, School of Nursing. “Historical events such as The Great War have certainly influenced nursing practice and nursing education over the years.

“However, the value of coming together as a group is not only in learning about our past, it’s also an important venue for focusing on our common issues and sharing new knowledge and trends in nursing education.”

Conference highlights include a celebration and reflection of nursing history by retired faculty members Marilyn Beaton and Jeanette Walsh in their keynote address on June 10. The pair have written several books about nursing history, including Come from Away: Nurses Who Immigrated to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Sandra MacDonald, a School of Nursing faculty member, will highlight the contribution of Newfoundland and Labrador nurses during The Great War. Working with her student Jennifer Guy and fellow faculty member Dr. April Manuel, Dr. MacDonald uncovered the stories of 11 nurses who served in Europe beginning in 1915.

Conference sessions will focus on everything from the history of mental health nursing in Newfoundland and Labrador prior to Confederation to the experiences, including barriers and career choices, of male nurses in the Atlantic region. Sessions will also explore the use of popular technologies such as smartphones in the class room, the role of nursing in mammography screening and using clinical expertise and the transgender client voice to enhance student learning about LGBTQ issues.

See the full conference agenda here.

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For more information, please contact Marcia Porter, communications co-ordinator, School of Nursing, 709-777-2165; 709-770-5408 or


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