First seen as angelic caregivers, then as heroic figures, nurses played a crucial role in the first half of the 20th century in transforming the way women were perceived in the medical field, and in society. Their letters are a valuable record of their situation as nurses and women.
Students are invited to meet six Canadian nurses through the letters they sent to their loved ones back home, before sharing their findings in a short writing exercise.
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The exhibition, comprised of 6 panels, traces the birth of military nursing. It presents the journey of several military nurses during the First World War and the continued contributions of the nursing profession to society.