Photos: A historical look at nursing in Revelstoke

Nurses at Queen Victoria Hospital. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)Nurses at Queen Victoria Hospital. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Nurse Vera Nelson with patient at Queen Victoria Hospital, circa 1920s. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)Nurse Vera Nelson with patient at Queen Victoria Hospital, circa 1920s. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Graduates of Queen Victoria Hospital Nurses’ Training School, 1928. Phyllis Edwards, left, Marion Maggs, and Vera Hopson. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)Graduates of Queen Victoria Hospital Nurses’ Training School, 1928. Phyllis Edwards, left, Marion Maggs, and Vera Hopson. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Phyllis Edwards, graduate nurse at Queen Victoria Hospital Nurses’ Training School, 1928. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)Phyllis Edwards, graduate nurse at Queen Victoria Hospital Nurses’ Training School, 1928. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Ella Rutherford, graduate nurse at Queen Victoria Hospital Nurses’ Training School, circa 1930s. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)Ella Rutherford, graduate nurse at Queen Victoria Hospital Nurses’ Training School, circa 1930s. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Queen Victoria Hospital float in the Golden Spike Days parade, July 1, 1944. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)Queen Victoria Hospital float in the Golden Spike Days parade, July 1, 1944. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Mary Toews with incubator at Queen Victoria Hospital. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)Mary Toews with incubator at Queen Victoria Hospital. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world each May 12 – the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

According to the International Council of Nurses, there are more than 20 million nurses across the world, which is twice the population of Sweden.

This year, is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing and pioneer of infection control during the Crimean War.

When Nightingale arrived at a Ottoman Empire military hospital in 1854, she found ten times more soldiers were dying from diseases due to poor hygiene, such as beds swarming with lice and flees and rats under the beds.

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Nightingale had her staff clean the hospital and was one of the first to use statistics for health care.

Nightingale once wrote,”What is nursing? Both kinds of nursing are to put us in the best possible conditions for nature to restore or preserve health—to prevent or to cure disease or injury.”

Interior Health said there are 61 nurses working in Revelstoke.

The British Royal family posted a video on social media, thanking nurses around the world.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union said frontline workers, such as nurses are at a high risk of being exposed to the virus.

According to the charity WaterAid, one in six nurses and doctors globally do not have soap and water available at work to wash their hands. The World Health Organization said handwashing with soap is the first deference against COVID-19.

This means, more than one billion people in some of the poorest regions of the world are seeking medical care without basic sanitation.


 

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