Series TG 17 - Nursing Department records

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Nursing Department records

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CA ON00343 TG fonds-TG 17

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  • [195?]-1983 (Creation)
    Toronto General Hospital. Nursing Department

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4 cm of textual records
64 photographs : colour slides ; 35 mm.

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The first effort to organize the nursing staff of the TGH occurred in January 1869 when Mary Hay was hired as the first Lady Superintendent, in charge of the nursing staff and the domestic affairs (housekeeping) of the Hospital. Miss Hay left the Hospital in December 1875 and in 1876 Harriet Goldie became Lady Superintendent. In April 1881, largely because of Miss Goldie’s initiative, the Training School for Nurses was founded at the TGH and Miss Goldie became Superintendent of the Training School. Miss Goldie retired in 1883 and was eventually succeeded by Mary Agnes Snively, who served as Lady Superintendent and Superintendent of the Training School from 1884 to 1910 (from 1905 she was allowed to concentrate solely on administering the nursing staff and the School). Subsequent Superintendents/Directors of the nursing staff and School: Jean I. Gunn (1913-1941), Mary E. Macfarland (1942-1960), Jean Dodds (1960-1970). Following Miss Dodds’ retirement, administrative responsibility for the nursing staff and the School of Nursing was divided. Patricia Stanojevic became Director of the School of Nursing until its dissolution in 1974. V.M Aboud (1970-May 1971), E.D. Strike (June 1971-1973) served as Director of Nursing, and Miss Strike (1973-1978) and D.M Wylie (1978-1986) as Vice President, Nursing.

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Series consists of reports conducted by and for the Nursing Department and miscellaneous items. File 17.0.1 consists of a report on turnover in the Department, prepared in June 1981 by the Task Force on Nursing Turnover, Louise Lemieux-Charles and Bernice Gerhart Co-Chairpersons. The purpose of the Task Force was “to identify problems which may contribute to high staff turnover…[and] to make recommendations to improve retention of nursing staff.” File 17.0.2 consists of the final report (May 1983) on TGH Operating Room Services, conducted for the Vice President, Nursing by Woods Gordon Management Consultants. The report reviews factors “impeding the efficient utilization of the operating rooms and generating conflict amongst the staff” and makes recommendations, including “upgrading systems (information, staffing, materials management) and the expansion of some resources (space and staff).” File 17.0.3 consists of a Nursing Staff Survey (November 1983), a follow-up assessment of the effectiveness of staff retention strategies recommended in the report contained in file 17.0.1 .

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The records in files 17.0.1 to 17.0.3 were transferred to the Archives in March 1998 by the Department of Nursing Education and Research. The records in file 17.0.4 were transferred to the Archives in May 1988 from the Medical Records Department. The records in files 17.0.5 and 17.0.6 were transferred to the Archives in March 1988 from the Public Relations Department. The records in file 17.0.7 were transferred to the Archives in February 1988 from the Office of the President. File 17.0.8 was transferred to the Archives on January 28, 1991 by J. Weinstein, Nursing Research.


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No restrictions. Patient roles in slides in File 17.0.8 are played by actors.

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Related materials in the form of student records and education program files pursuant to the TGH School of Nursing 1881-1974 are located in The Toronto Hospital Record Group, Office of Nursing Education and Research fonds, Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing sous-fonds (TH 1.1)

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Added to Archeion April 4, 2013. Last updated: April 22, 2014

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