The Introduction of Psychiatric Nursing: The Rockwood Training School for Nurses

Nurses were expected to be proficient in both mental health and physical nursing, as well as to be knowledgeable of the various mental illnesses and how they may appear. For the majority of the nineteenth century, trained nurses did not work at hospitals or asylums. The members of staff who interacted frequently with the patients … More The Introduction of Psychiatric Nursing: The Rockwood Training School for Nurses

Moral Treatment and Nursing School: The Impact of Dr. Charles Kirk Clarke at Rockwood Asylum.

Clarke strongly believed in “moral treatment”, an approach to mental health based on humane treatment as well as scheduled days in a calm environment. August 13, 1885. Dr. William Metcalf, medical superintendent of Rockwood Asylum and his assistant, Dr. Charles Kirk Clarke, are making their usual morning rounds of the institution. They approach one of … More Moral Treatment and Nursing School: The Impact of Dr. Charles Kirk Clarke at Rockwood Asylum.

A Tribute to Canada’s Nurses: Celebrating Nursing Week 2013

The following blog post was written by Museum Curator Dr. Pamela Peacock In Canada, the hard work and dedication of nurses is formally recognized during National Nursing Week, the second of week of May.  International Nurses Day, designated by the International Council of Nurses in 1974, is celebrated on May 12th.  This day was chosen … More A Tribute to Canada’s Nurses: Celebrating Nursing Week 2013

Outlook for Nursing Grads in 2012, by Carolyn

Introduction by Pamela Peacock, Curator, Museum of Health Care Nursing has sometimes been called ‘the Caring Profession.’  Developed out of maternal care for sick family members, expectations of females’ natural tendency to nurture others, and the activities of female benevolent societies that sought to aid the less fortunate in their communities, throughout much of the … More Outlook for Nursing Grads in 2012, by Carolyn