Fonds PR4159 - Vera Gingras fonds

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Vera Gingras fonds

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    • 1941-1994 (Creation)

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    0.01 m of textual records
    2 audiotape cassettes [1 master, 1 copy]

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    Biographical history

    Vera (Cyr) Gingras entered the nursing profession as a student at Holy Cross Hospital, Calgary (1941-1944). While raising her family of seven children, she worked first at St. Michael’s Hospital, Lethbridge. She then worked at the St. Vincent Hospital in her community of Pincher Creek (1966-1982). She was active in the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses through its local activities. She retired from full-time nursing in 1982. After retirement, she worked as a tutor for the Further Education Council's Read/Write program. Vera Gingras died in 2018.

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    Sheila Way, interviewer, donated the audiotape, summary, and permission sheets to the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Archives and Museum in 1994. 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 an interview of Vera Gingras in which she reviews her days at a student at Holy Cross Hospital, Calgary and her work experience at St Michael’s Hospital, Lethbridge and St. Vincent’s Hospital, Pincher Creek. Nursing practices during the wartime shortages of 1944-1945 are described. Gingras records her observations on the changes in medical/nursing/patient relationships, in medication and procedures, and in nurses’ professional and union activities, that have taken place during her career.

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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 number 94.42 and are currently accessible by that number.

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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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