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Medical Service to Settlers: The Gestation and Establishment of a Nursing Service in Que’bec, 1932–1943

Medical Service to Settlers: The Gestation and Establishment of a Nursing Service in Que’bec,... Medical Service to Settlers The Gestation and Establishment of a Nursing Service in Quebec, 1932-1943 NICOLE RoussEAu Faculte de sciences infirmieres Universite Laval }OHANNE DAIGLE Departement d'histoire Universite Laval The depression of the 1930s pushed the government of Quebec to give land to indigent persons desirous of settling in Quebec's remote regions . This move­ ment created small communities called settlements comprised principally of very poor people . For several reasons, not the least of which were budgetary constraints, the government decided to hire nurses to serve the health care needs of these settlements instead of subsidizing doctors. This choice forced the government to accept the fact that nurses daily did what were essentially considered medical acts. Thus the Medical Service to Settlers (MSS) was created in 1936 to supervise the establishment, financing and administration of nurses' dispensaries.' It became a division of the Quebec Ministry of Health in 1943 and was abolished in 1962, but its nurses, still viewed as indispensable, were integrated into the County Health Units, and accounts of their activities were included in the annual reports of the Ministry of Social Affairs untill971. Even then, while descriptions of their activities disappeared from the official reports, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Medical Service to Settlers: The Gestation and Establishment of a Nursing Service in Que’bec, 1932–1943

Nursing History Review , Volume 8 (1): 22 – Jan 1, 2000

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.8.1.95
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Medical Service to Settlers The Gestation and Establishment of a Nursing Service in Quebec, 1932-1943 NICOLE RoussEAu Faculte de sciences infirmieres Universite Laval }OHANNE DAIGLE Departement d'histoire Universite Laval The depression of the 1930s pushed the government of Quebec to give land to indigent persons desirous of settling in Quebec's remote regions . This move­ ment created small communities called settlements comprised principally of very poor people . For several reasons, not the least of which were budgetary constraints, the government decided to hire nurses to serve the health care needs of these settlements instead of subsidizing doctors. This choice forced the government to accept the fact that nurses daily did what were essentially considered medical acts. Thus the Medical Service to Settlers (MSS) was created in 1936 to supervise the establishment, financing and administration of nurses' dispensaries.' It became a division of the Quebec Ministry of Health in 1943 and was abolished in 1962, but its nurses, still viewed as indispensable, were integrated into the County Health Units, and accounts of their activities were included in the annual reports of the Ministry of Social Affairs untill971. Even then, while descriptions of their activities disappeared from the official reports,

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2000

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