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Political Women, Professional Nurses, and the Creation of Alberta’s District Nursing Service, 1919-1925

Political Women, Professional Nurses, and the Creation of Alberta’s District Nursing Service,... Political Women, Professional Nurses, and the Creation of Alberta's District Nursing Senice, 1919-1925 Faculty of Nursing University of Alberta AIbcrta'r District Nursing Service was crated in 1919 to meet needs for midwifery and emtrgtneg medical treatment in the fionticr communities of this prairie province with neither physicians nor hospitals. District Nurses provided pre- and postnatal me, conducted home bids, gave emergency medical treatment, held ofice hours for nonemagent care, and provided public heath services such as physid inspection and immunization of school children.' The I9 19 Public Hdth Nurses Act legitimized nurses' expanded role when it legalized the practice of midwifery by graduate nurses who had 'den a course in obstetrics* and who had the Minister of Health's permission. Although legislation permitted District Nurses to "charge such fees as the Provincial Board of Health may decide are fair and patiena who wert able ro do so paid fca dirbctly to the Department of Health and did not pay thc nurscs. If patients wuld not afford to pay, services were given free of charge. The AIberra Department of Public Health paid salaries to District Nurses and provided their medid supplies and equipment. Setders requesting their senrices prwidcd District Nurses' housing, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Political Women, Professional Nurses, and the Creation of Alberta’s District Nursing Service, 1919-1925

Nursing History Review , Volume 6 (1): 26 – Jan 1, 1998

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.6.1.25
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Abstract

Political Women, Professional Nurses, and the Creation of Alberta's District Nursing Senice, 1919-1925 Faculty of Nursing University of Alberta AIbcrta'r District Nursing Service was crated in 1919 to meet needs for midwifery and emtrgtneg medical treatment in the fionticr communities of this prairie province with neither physicians nor hospitals. District Nurses provided pre- and postnatal me, conducted home bids, gave emergency medical treatment, held ofice hours for nonemagent care, and provided public heath services such as physid inspection and immunization of school children.' The I9 19 Public Hdth Nurses Act legitimized nurses' expanded role when it legalized the practice of midwifery by graduate nurses who had 'den a course in obstetrics* and who had the Minister of Health's permission. Although legislation permitted District Nurses to "charge such fees as the Provincial Board of Health may decide are fair and patiena who wert able ro do so paid fca dirbctly to the Department of Health and did not pay thc nurscs. If patients wuld not afford to pay, services were given free of charge. The AIberra Department of Public Health paid salaries to District Nurses and provided their medid supplies and equipment. Setders requesting their senrices prwidcd District Nurses' housing,

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1998

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