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commemorative event invitation

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Dates
1923
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Accession Number
998008002
Description
An invitation to a Masquerade Dance; printed on an orange card with a picture of a cartoon person next to a pumpkin in the upper left corner.
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Accession Number
998008002
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Anniversaries and Special Events -- ephemera
Description
An invitation to a Masquerade Dance; printed on an orange card with a picture of a cartoon person next to a pumpkin in the upper left corner.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
From the Masquerade Dance, held on Halloween in 1923; it was given to Cora Burnside.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1923
Date Remarks
Date is printed on the invitation.
Material
card: orange
Inscriptions
"The Superintendent and Nurses // of the // Kingston General Hospital // Training School // request the pleasure of your company at a // Masquerade Dance // to be held in Grant Hall, Queen's University // on Wednesday Evening, October the thirty-first // nineteen hundred and twenty-three // at eight o'clock // Please present invitation at the door" printed on the card; "Miss Burnside and friend" printed in pen ink at the top of the card.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box #8
Dimension Notes
Length 12.8 cm x Width 10.1 cm
Condition Remarks
Like new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
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commencement exercises program

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Dates
1923
circa 1923
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Nursing
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Accession Number
998008001
Description
The commencement exercises from the golden jubilee of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing; printed on hard paper; has information on the events, and the names of the 1923 graduating class; has the Florence Nightingale Pledge on the back.
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Accession Number
998008001
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Nursing
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Education, Nursing -- ephemera
Anniversaries and Special Events -- ephemera
Description
The commencement exercises from the golden jubilee of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing; printed on hard paper; has information on the events, and the names of the 1923 graduating class; has the Florence Nightingale Pledge on the back.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
From the 1923 Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Graduation Ceremony at Grant Hall in Kingston, Ontario; the card was acquired by Cora Burnside when she graduated in 1923 and was later given to her great niece Susan Muer-Simpson.
Maker
The Jackson Press
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Date Remarks
Date is printed on the program, May 11, 1923.
Material
paper: white
ink: black, blue
Inscriptions
Written at the top of the page in pen: "Dost thou remember?"; printed on front: "Eighteenth Annual // Commencement Exercises // Kingston General Hospital // Training School for Nurses // Friday Evening, May 11th, 1923 // Grant Hall 8 o'clock // Graduates, 1923 // Miss Elizabeth Gwendolen Austin, Kingston. // Armorel Louise Beach, Iroquois. // Violet Margaret Black, Forrest Falls. // Cora Frances Burnside, Iroquois. // Elizabeth Cullen, Kingston. // Willa Jean Dusty, Kingston. // Lillian Fairfull, Walkerton. // Gertrude Mabel Fitzsimmons, Russell. // Nina Gibson, Kingston. // Verna Mearle Hamilton (nee Mal- // lory), Mallorytown. // Hazel Hawley, Bath. // Genevieve Helen Horton, Bellamy. // Dorothy Isabelle Howard, Kingston. // Margaret Lindsay Johncox, Arnprior. // Letitia Dora Macdonald, Mallorytown. // Ruth Filson Marshall, Stella. // Gladys Coralene Quail, Newburgh. // Jean Mae Redden, Oshawa. // Gladys Beryl Rogers, Smithfield. // Ethel Margaret Sloan, Peterboro. // Della Maud Steacy, Iroquois. // Vema Maude Strader, Iroquois. // Mary Taft, Kingston. // Bessie Florence Thomas, Shawville. // Edith Maude Walker, Perth. // Elizabeth Gillespie Waller, Napanee. // Rhoda Elizabeth Wesley, Maberly. // Mary Ann Willis, Smith's Falls. // Gladys Ellen Willis, Portland."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Length
20.2 cm
Width
12.1 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 20.2 cm x Width 12.1 cm
Condition Remarks
The paper is creased in several places.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Website
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Kingston Health Sciences Centre website, "KGH School of Nursing," (https://kingstonhsc.ca/kgh-school-nursing)
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
The first official graduating class of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing was in 1888; the school was created in order to educate nurses as the demand for them increased, as well as providing a labour force to the hospital. When the first nurses graduated, they were given a certificate of completion, twenty five dollars, and a nursing medal. Over the years, nurses were sometimes given pins and/or rings or other memorabilia to commemorate their graduation from the school.
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constitution and bylaws

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10961
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
Accession Number
998008005
Description
The constitution and bylaws of Kingston General Hospital Training School for Nurses Alumnae Association; it is a four page booklet with a brown cover.
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Accession Number
998008005
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Guideline Adherence -- pamphlet
Nursing
Association
Description
The constitution and bylaws of Kingston General Hospital Training School for Nurses Alumnae Association; it is a four page booklet with a brown cover.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Cora Burnside.
Maker
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Date Remarks
Cora Burnside graduated in 1923.
Material
paper: white; brown
ink: black
Inscriptions
"Alumnae // Association // Kingston General Hospital // Training School for Nurses // KINGSTON, ONT." printed on the cover.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Length
14.0 cm
Width
9.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 14.0 cm X Width 9.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Some minor wear on the cover.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Article
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Ian MacAlpine, “Nurses Ready for Reunion,” The Kingston Whig Standard, May 31, 2019. https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/nurses-ready-for-reunion
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
The Kingston General Hospital Nurses Alumnae Reunion is held annually, and graduates of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing return to Kingston to celebrate.
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Cora Burnside, Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1923 [photograph]

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Dates
1923
circa 1923
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Accession Number
998008008
Description
A black and white photograph of Cora Burnside; she is not wearing her nurse's uniform; contains some historical information printed on the back
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Accession Number
998008008
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
MeSH Heading
Nurses -- portraits
Photography
Description
A black and white photograph of Cora Burnside; she is not wearing her nurse's uniform; contains some historical information printed on the back
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Possibly a graduation photograph.
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Date Remarks
Dated 1923
Material
paper: black; white
ink: black
Inscriptions
"CORA FRANCES // BURNSIDE // KGH 1923" printed on the front beneath the picture; "CORA FRANCES // BURNSIDE // IROQUOIS ONTARIO // COUSIN OF ARMOREL LOUISE BEACH // BOTH KGH 1923 // RETIRED FROM NURSING // NEW YORK // NOV 30 1971 // DIED FEB 1996" prined in pen on the back.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Length
12.5 cm
Width
7.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 12.5 cm x Width 7.4 cm
Condition Remarks
Some minor wear.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Website
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Kingston Health Sciences Centre website, "KGH School of Nursing," (https://kingstonhsc.ca/kgh-school-nursing)
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
The first official graduating class of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing was in 1888; the school was created in order to educate nurses as the demand for them increased, as well as providing a labour force to the hospital. When the first nurses graduated, they were given a certificate of completion, twenty five dollars, and a nursing medal. Over the years, nurses were sometimes given pins and/or rings or other memorabilia to commemorate their graduation from the school.
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Cora Burnside R.N. 1930 [Registered Nurse certificate]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10963
Dates
1930
circa 1930
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
Accession Number
998008007 a-b
Description
A small card in an envelope; the card (a) is a certificate of the Registration of Nurses, the Ontario coat of arms is printed at the top (the Ontario crest flanked by a moose and a deer with a bear on top, and the words are printed in black ink with spaces where information has been filled in in bl…
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Accession Number
998008007 a-b
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Licensure, Nursing
MM= Commemorative and Association Items
Description
A small card in an envelope; the card (a) is a certificate of the Registration of Nurses, the Ontario coat of arms is printed at the top (the Ontario crest flanked by a moose and a deer with a bear on top, and the words are printed in black ink with spaces where information has been filled in in black ink and blue ink; the envelope (b) is very thin and semi-transparent.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - certificate - Size: Length 10.1 cm x Width 6.6 cm
b - envelope - Size: Length 11.7 cm x Width 7.5 cm
Provenance
Owned by Cora Burnside who acquired it as proof of membership in the Registration of Nurses.
Maker
Ontario Department of Health
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1930
circa 1930
Date Remarks
The card expires on Dec. 31st, 1930.
Material
card: white
paper: clear
ink: black, blue
Inscriptions
Printed on card: "Ontario // Department of Health // This is to certify that Cora r. Burnside, // having met the requirements of the Act respecting // the Registration of Nurses, is registered under Certificate // No 24-61 // A. M. Mann Reg. N. // INSPECTOR OF TRAINING SCHOOLS FOR NURSES. // N.B. This certificate expires on Dec. 31st, 1930. and may be renewed // on payment of $1.00 to the Department on or before Jan. 31st, 1931."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Condition Remarks
Some minor wear.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Timeline
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. https://rnao.ca/sites/rnao-ca/files/RNAOs_Proud_Past.pdf
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, by 1935, was instrumental in developing standards for nursing education and practice. The association protected the title “registered nurse” by making it mandatory to be registered. Nurses had to graduate from nursing school and subsequently be examined again in order to become registered nurses in Ontario. Examinations for the Registered Nurse Certificate began in 1923.
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Kingston Registry of Graduate Nurses 1920 [rule booklet]

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Dates
1920
circa 1920
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
Accession Number
998008003
Description
A one-page rule booklet, folded in half, of the Kingston Registry of Graduate Nurses; contains 16 rules.
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Accession Number
998008003
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Guideline Adherence -- pamphlet
Nursing
Description
A one-page rule booklet, folded in half, of the Kingston Registry of Graduate Nurses; contains 16 rules.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Cora Burnside.
Maker
The Kingston Registry of Graduate Nurses
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1920
circa 1920
Date Remarks
Date is printed on the paper.
Material
paper: white
ink: black
Inscriptions
"The Kingston Registry // OF // Graduate Nurses // RULES--1920" printed on the cover; 16 rules printed inside.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Length
16.4 cm
Width
13.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 16.4 cm Width 13.0 cm
Condition Remarks
There is a large crease in the centre of the paper.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
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A Nurse's Prayer [prayer]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10969
Dates
1925
1935
circa 1925-1935
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Accession Number
998008013
Description
A piece of paper with "A Nurse's Prayer" printed on it with a brown border.
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Accession Number
998008013
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Nurses -- manuscripts
Religion and Medicine -- ephemera
Poetry
Description
A piece of paper with "A Nurse's Prayer" printed on it with a brown border.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired by Cora Burnside.
Maker
Woman's Missionary Society of the United Church of Canada
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1925
1935
circa 1925-1935
Date Remarks
Most of the other nursing documents in this collection date to circa 1923; the Woman's Missionary Society of the United Church of Canada was formed in 1925.
Material
paper: white
ink: black
Inscriptions
"A Nurse's Prayer" printed at the top of the page; "WOMAN'S MISSIONARY SOCIETY // OF THE // UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA // ROOM 410, WESLEY BUILDING // TORONTO" printed on the back; printed on front: "A Nurse's Prayer // I dedicate myself to Thee, // O, Lord, my God! This work I undertake // Alone in Thy great name, and for Thy sake, // In ministering to suffering I would learn // The sympathy that in Thy heart did burn // For those who on life's weary way // Unto diseases divers are a prey. // Take, then, mine eyes, and teach them to perceive // The ablest way each sick one to relieve. // Guide Thou my hands, that e'en their touch may // prove // The gentleness and aptness born of love. // Bless Thou my feet, and while they softly tread, // May faces smile on man, a sufferer's bed. // Touch Thou my lips, guide Thou my tongue, // Give me a word in season for each one. // Clothe me with patient strength all tasks to bear, // Crown me with hope and love, which know no fear, // And faith, that coming face to face with death // Shall e'en inspire with joy the dying breath. // All through the arduous day my actions guide, // And through the lonely night watch by my side. // So shall I wake refreshed with strength to pray: // "Work in me, through me, with me, Lord this day!" // -- Myra L. Sawyer."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Length
14.6 cm
Width
13.6 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 14.6 cm x Width 13.6 cm
Condition Remarks
The paper is creased and has some tears in it.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Archives
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
"Fonds F505 - United Church of Canada Woman's Missionary Society fonds," Archeion, Archives Association of Ontario, https://www.archeion.ca/united-church-of-canada-womans-missionary-society-fonds
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996; the prayer was written by Myra L. Sawyer.
The United Church of Canada Woman's Missionary Society (WMS) was formed in October 1925, combining the Women's Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Woman's Missionary Society of the Methodist Church (Canada), and the Canada Congregational Woman's Board of Missions. Its first annual meeting was held in 1926.
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nurse's uniform cap

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10968
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
998008012
Description
A graduate nurse's cap; consists of a circular centre area meant to sit on the head, with a large outside edge with a black stripe across it; made out of a gauze-like material.
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Accession Number
998008012
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
A graduate nurse's cap; consists of a circular centre area meant to sit on the head, with a large outside edge with a black stripe across it; made out of a gauze-like material.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
It was Cora Burnside's graduation cap.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Date Remarks
Cora Burnside graduated in 1923.
Material
fabric: white, black
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet C
Length
28.5 cm
Width
18.0 cm
Depth
13.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 28.5 cm x Width 18.0 cm x Depth 13.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Some minor wear; creased in centre
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Websites
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Paul Robertson
Canadian Museum of History, "Symbol of a Profession: One Hundred Years of Nurses' Caps," https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/infirm/inint01e.html
"For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital," Museum of Health Care. https://www.museumofhealthcare.ca/explore/exhibitions/forservicetohumanity.html
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1923; she probably wore this cap in New York, where she worked until 1971; she died in 1996.
Throughout the twentieth century, nurses' uniforms changed, in particular with the rising of hemlines. The nurse's uniform was generally white, and Kingston General Hospital uniforms were once known for "turkey red" hemlines. Different levels of nursing education had different uniforms, in particular different caps, as graduate nurses had black bands on their caps to indicate their level of education.
Nurses' caps in Canada changed and evolved over the years, with caps resembling a nun's coif used by military Nursing Sisters and as a reminder of Roman Catholic nursing tradition. Older nurses' caps were styled similarly to caps that female domestic servants wore, and were made to cover the head and keep hair neat. These evolved into highly starched symbolic nurses' caps which perched on the top or near the back of the head. Nurses' caps were white, and usually cut from a flat pattern that could be folded and unfolded for starching and cleaning. The nurse's cap began to disappear in the 1970s as nursing education moved from hospitals to colleges and nurses wanted to be identified more closely with doctors and other medical professionals who wore no uniform.
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nursing certificate and recruitment notices

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10966
Dates
1953
circa 1953
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Commemorative
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
Commemorative
Accession Number
998008010 a-d
Description
A nursing certificate and two recruitment notices in an envelope; the certificate (a) is on a pink and white card with the card in the middle that is meant to be cut out; on either side is information and areas with holes punched out (computer information); the first recruitment notice urges nurses…
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Accession Number
998008010 a-d
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Commemorative
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
Commemorative
MeSH Heading
Licensure, Nursing
MM= Commemorative and Association Items
Description
A nursing certificate and two recruitment notices in an envelope; the certificate (a) is on a pink and white card with the card in the middle that is meant to be cut out; on either side is information and areas with holes punched out (computer information); the first recruitment notice urges nurses to join the American Nurses' Association and is printed on yellow paper; the second recruitment notice (c) urges nurses to receive training on what to do in the event of an atomic disaster and is printed on orange paper; the envelope is white.
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - certificate - Size: Length 18.7 cm x Width 8.2 cm
b - recruitment notice - Size: Length 14.0 cm x Width 8.2
c - recruitment notice - Size: Length 18.7 cm x Width 8.3 cm
d - envelope - Size: Length 20.4 cm x Width 8.2 cm
Provenance
Acquired by Cora Burnside when she worked as a nurse in New York.
Maker
The University of the State of New York
Site Made (City)
Albany
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1953
circa 1953
Date Remarks
The certificate was issued on September 1st, 1953.
Material
paper: white, pink, orange, yellow
ink: black, blue
Inscriptions
"THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK // THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT // DIVISION OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION // 23 SOUTH PEARL STREET // ALBANY 7, N.Y. // RETURN POSTAGE GUARANTEED" printed on the envelope; for additional marks, see attached photocopy.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Condition Remarks
Some minor wear.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996; the recruitment notices were sent out with the certificate to urge nurses to join various programs.
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Ode to the Bed Pan [dedicated poem]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10967
Dates
1930
1945
circa 1935-1945
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Nursing
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Nursing
Ephemera
Accession Number
998008011
Description
A humorous poem of unknown origin titled "Ode to the Bed Pan"; typed on a single sheet of paper; 16 stanzas.
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Accession Number
998008011
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Nursing
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Nursing
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Nurses -- manuscripts
Poetry -- ephemera
Description
A humorous poem of unknown origin titled "Ode to the Bed Pan"; typed on a single sheet of paper; 16 stanzas.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired by Cora Burnside, possibly by one of her patients.
Dates
1930
1945
circa 1935-1945
Date Remarks
Donor's remarks
Material
paper: white
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on page: "ODE TO THE BED PAN // While recovering from an illness, // I was very much annoyed, // For the toilet was denied me, // And a bedpan was employed. // I much preferred a thunder mug, // But the nurse just shook her head: // "You're much too weak, my boy, // To think of getting out of bed." // My experience with the bed pan, // To this day, just makes me quail-- // And I have been prevailed upon // To write this harrowing tale. // But my troubles were not over-- // As I was soon to find. // For how could manoeuvre // To wipe the place behind? // All the muscles in me bulged, // As I stood upon my head; // I made a few wild passes... Then fell weakly on the bed. // For modesty prevented me // From marking on the bed, // And that's my biggest reason // For standing on my head. // In the wee small hours of morning- // Before the break of day- // Came a warning I could neither // Ignore, nor yet delay... // The nurse brought me a bed pan- // Slipped it under my port side, // While chills ran up and down my spine, // As the cold thing touched my hide. // I tipped back upon my shoulder; // Soon my legs grew stiff and numb... // The odds were all in favor // That I'd die before I'd come. // In the up-side-down position // The beverage wasn't there, // But with a mighty effort- // I passed a little air. // But when at last I got results // I then gew faint with dread; // For I wondered if I'd hit the pan... // Or piled it on the bed... // While my heart was wildly fluttering, // I felt with cautious care... // And, with a sigh of satisfaction, // I discovered nothing there. // I had no more than finished // This herculean feat, // When I became aware of something // Sticky... on my feet. // Cold sweat was beaded on my brow // As, slowly, I raised my gown... // And there, upon my spotless sheet, // Was a hideous spot of brown... // For the law of gravitation // Had proved, as sure as Fate // You cannot stand upon your head // When you evacuate. // 'Tis here I voice a fervent prayer, // As only a soul in anguish can: // For someone to improve upon // This painfully antiquated pan. // Sick people very often // Grow worse, and I know why: // The bed pan is a rock on which / They're tortured till they die. // There's a fortune for a genuis // Who'll invent some kind of diaper, // Or a back-adjusting thunder mug- // With an automatic wiper."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Length
27.9 cm
Width
21.6 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 27.9 cm x Width 21.6 cm
Condition Remarks
Some minor wear.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
Some credit this poem to Rachel M. Youra, circa 1970, but the title "Ode to the Bed Pan" appears in publications before this date, which may indicate that it is older.
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