Reflection on Nurses During WWI

After the presentation, teacher to recap with the students what they have discovered:

  • Gender roles at the beginning of the 20th century
  • Limitations for women at that time (education, work, no voting rights)
  • Suffragette movement and women gaining the right to vote in Canada (1917- families of military, military nurses, 1919- across Canada except Quebec- 1940)
  • The interest women had to become nurses in WWI, the stereotypes of nurses
  • The duties of nurses during WWI and the risks involved
  • Medical innovations nurses had to learn, perform on thousands of injured Canadians
  • How nurses transformed gender work roles for women in society and in the medical profession

Students will now reflect upon their learning in one of the following:

  • Interview a nurse
  • Letter writing
  • Video reflection/Heritage Canada minute

1. INTERVIEW A NURSE:

Students to interview a practising nurse today. This can be done through family and friends or contacting the MUHC- McGill University Health Centre or other medical facility directly. THEIR GOAL is to find out why the person got into nursing and what their experiences as a nurse are today. They will also compare being a nurse today to WWI. Students can ask to shadow a nurse for a half day, if possible, or do an interview in person or over the phone. See student handout for details.

2. LETTER TO A NURSE

Students can write a letter to a nurse from WWI expressing their thoughts and gratitude for their work and sacrifices as nurses then and making headway for women’s rights and role in society in Canada today. See student handout for details.

3. STUDENTS CREATE A HERITAGE MINUTE- students to film themselves speaking about the role of nurses in WWI and why we should remember the sacrifices of nurses from WWI. See student handout for details.

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