Fonds PR4128 - Helen Sabin fonds

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Helen Sabin fonds

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    • 1933-1993 (Creation)

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    0.4 m of textual records
    2 photographs
    2 audio cassettes [1 master, 1 copy]

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    Biographical history

    Helen Sabin and her twin sister (Nettie) obtained their bachelor's degrees from the University of Alberta in 1938. They both went into public health nursing after graduation. Helen Sabin was employed by the Public Health Nursing Branch of the Alberta Department of Public Health from 1938 to 1956 in the Alder Flats/Winfield/Breton area. As a district nurse, Helen was responsible for prenatal-to-death care for every family in the area. When the Public Health Nursing service was disbanded (in 1956), Helen Sabin worked in the Provincial Venereal Disease Clinic in Calgary as Nurse-in-Charge. She returned to Edmonton to be a Clinical Instructor at the University of Alberta and to support the University Hospital's Outdoor Clinic. She was working with the City of Edmonton's School Health Program when she accepted the position of Executive Director of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses in 1960. During her appointment as Executive Director from 1960 to 1977, Sabin was involved in the restructuring of the Association and oversaw legislative changes that affected registered nurses in the province. She served on the Board of the Canadian Nurses Association and as a consultant to the Northwest Territories Registered Nurses Association. She was a founding member of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Archives and Museum. She received an Honorary Doctorate from Athabasca University in 1993. Helen Sabin passed away at the age of 87 in 2004.

    Custodial history

    The collection was donated to the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Archives and Museum by Helen Sabin in 1989. Pamela Allan donated the Athabasca University convocation items in 1993, and Lynne French deposited the audiotape and textual records from her interview with Sabin in 1995. The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) donated the records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2017.

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    The fonds consists of University of Alberta and Faculty of Nursing student items: graduation program, invitation, valedictory exercises program, news clippings, and a photograph (1938); Christmas dinner program (1933), junior prom program (1936), midwinter program (1937), and examination papers (1938); varsity yells from the Faculty of Nursing; 50th-anniversary program (1974); Alberta Department of Health, District Nursing Branch staff photograph (1938); Alberta Public Health Association annual meeting program (1942); convocation program and invitation for the presentation of an honorary doctorate to Helen Sabin by Athabasca University (1993). Additionally, there is Lynne French's interview with Helen Sabin, where she describes the daily routine and training program of student nurses and the changes brought about by the Weir Report (1932) and the CNA curriculum study (1936). In the interview, Sabin also comments on the effects of the changes brought about by the restructuring of health care in Alberta during the 1990s.

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    The PAA has retained CARNA’s organization structure of these materials, including their numerical filing system. The files within this collection were assigned numbers 89.12, 93.50 and 95.17 and are currently accessible by those numbers.

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        Audiovisual materials must be digitized prior to access.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Part of PR2017.0642: the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta's donation to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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