University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
A black and white photo of a woman, she is standing sideways but looking into the camera, she wears a dark coloured overcoat with silver buttons that run the length of the front of the jacket and appear on the sleeves as well, she is holding a rolled up paper in her hand, she wears a light coloured…
A black and white photo of a woman, she is standing sideways but looking into the camera, she wears a dark coloured overcoat with silver buttons that run the length of the front of the jacket and appear on the sleeves as well, she is holding a rolled up paper in her hand, she wears a light coloured shirt and dark coloured hat, her eyes are light coloured and her dark-coloured hair is tied up under the hat.
Printed on the front: "HUNTER & CO. TORONTO"; handwritten on the back: "Dr. Helen McMurchy // [illeg.] McMurchy // D. Oct. '53, age 91"; printed on the back: "Hunter & Co. // Artists // & // Photographers // 107 // King St West, // Toronto."
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-7 Assorted Binder A, pg. 21 a
#1: Stable: On the front: slight soiling all over, slight fading of the photo, small tear on upper left edge; on the back: slight soiling.
Helen MacMurchy Born January 7, 1862. Died October 8, 1953. In 1901 Helen graduated with a medical degree from the University of Toronto and interned as the first woman doctor with the Toronto General Hospital. She went on to be the first woman doctor to do post graduate studies at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. In 1909 she conducted a survey of the high infant death rates experienced in cities at the turn of the century. In 1914 she wrote a popular book, 'A Little Talk About Baby'.
In 1915 she was appointed the inspector of the feeble minded in Ontario. Sadly her actions to persuade the government that eugenics was the answer to preventing degenerate babies led to the wrongful sterilization of many immigrants.
Helen was the first editor of the Canadian Nurses Journal. In 1920 she was placed in charge of the federal government’s new Division of Child Welfare and was responsible for the contents of some of the government published Blue Books with advice on caring for children. These little books were published in multiple languages including Cree.
It was in the 1920’s that she made a special study of medical inspection of schools, child welfare and public health in England and the United States.
In 1934 she was inducted as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 1949 she was named one of the leading women doctors in the western world. In 1997 she was declared a Person of National Historic Significance.
Small ring bound rectangular burgundy and cream paper Record of Supervised Practice notebook used to record student nursing procedures and experiences along with supervisor signatures (a) with loose rectangular cream paper hand written note (b); notebook has rectangular burgundy cardboard front and…
Small ring bound rectangular burgundy and cream paper Record of Supervised Practice notebook used to record student nursing procedures and experiences along with supervisor signatures (a) with loose rectangular cream paper hand written note (b); notebook has rectangular burgundy cardboard front and back covers; rectangular cream paper pages with charts and tables printed in black ink and hand written notes and signatures on both sides; notebook held together with nine rectangular black plastic rings; loose note has torn non-square top edge and hand written notes on both sides in red ink.
Number Of Parts
a – notebook – Length: 12.8 cm Width: 9.4 cm Depth: 0.9 cm
b – note – Length: 11.1 cm Width: 7.6 cm
Belonged to donor, used while a student nurse at the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing from 1960 to 1963.
Date written in front of notebook is Sept. 12, 1960; Donna Tweddell confirmed she used the notebook up to 1963.
paper: cream, burgundy
ink: black, red, blue
Printed and hand written on first page on notebook: “Student Donna Thompson // Date of Entry SEPT. 12, 1960 // Finishing Date”; printed on page 3: “Record of // SUPERVISED PRACTICE”; hand written on front of loose note in red ink: “Please // ask to be // supervised in [Illeg.] // care + // d[Illeg.] // b[Illeg.].”; hand written on back of loose note in red ink: “No value // unless // signed”
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder E-10a
Unit Of Measure
Minor fading and scratching all over covers; minor yellowing to edges of pages; rectangular plastic bar connecting rings broken and pieces missing
Donna Tweddell (donor file)
“KGH School of Nursing.” Kingston General Hospital, 2019. Accessed 10 July 2019.
This Record of Supervised Practice was owned by Donna Tweddell, a former nursing student at the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing; the notebooks were used by nursing students to record the procedures they completed under the supervision of other health practitioners and acquire supervisor signatures to prove that these procedures were completed; student nurses were required to carry these notebooks in their uniform at all times during the three year program; Donna Tweddell used this book until 1963; by the time she was teaching these procedures at KGH in 1965, the notebooks were no longer in use; this represented a change in the method of teaching nursing care skills from a procedures driven program to a scientific basis model.
The Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing was one of the first apprenticeship-based nursing training programs in Canada; began in 1886 in response to the increased focus on patient care in hospitals and the medical field; the program was meant to produce an educated and dedicated work force of nurses while also providing an affordable labour force for the hospital through on the job student training; the Ann Baillie Building, current home of the Museum of Healthcare at Kingston, originally served as a residence for the student nurses at KGH.