By Janet C. Ross-Kerr
In Alberta, nurses were significant to the improvement of wellbeing and fitness care and to the expansion of hospitals from the early cost days. Nursing was once an early and basic a part of social firms within the province. Ross Kerr follows the improvement in Alberta of public overall healthiness nursing, district nursing, the evolution of nursing as a certified self-discipline, nursing schooling and arranged nursing throughout the Alberta organization of Registered Nurses.
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This proved over time to be inadequate for the still-rising number of settlers seeking aid, and in 1881, they constructed a separate hospital building at the St. Albert mission to receive patients. The sisters are credited with developing the first hospital in THE ORIGINS OF NURSING 5 Alberta as early as 1870. Since from the beginning they took in patients who needed special nursing care to their convent, they perhaps should more properly be credited with providing hospital services and operating a health centre or hospital from the time of their arrival in 1859.
It was evident from a review of the records that the Grey Nuns cared for a large number of indigent patients and that despite the funds raised by the Hospital Ladies' Aid Society, there were continuing difficulties in financing this care. Funds were received from both the federal Department of the Interior and from the city to assist with caring for this large group of patients. The problem in financing this care would continue to be a thorny one as time went on. However, the mortar had barely set in the new building when a more troublesome issue arose relative to the professional relationship between the nuns and the physicians who cared for patients in the Hospital.
It is reported that of the population of 900 in St. 11 Sister Emery noted that the nuns assisted 692 families that year, providing 351 vaccinations and 392 meals. Sister Alphonse commented on the impact of the epidemic on children, the need for precautions to prevent nurses from contracting smallpox during an epidemic and the benefit of nursing care for those who could be accommodated in the hospital: The disease ravaged the people, and we already have lost four of our children, with a fifth close to death.
Prepared to Care: Nurses and Nursing in Alberta by Janet C. Ross-Kerr