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Nursing history show and tell: Issue 4

Jun 6, 2019

The McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences Archives houses several collections, including those of the McMaster School of Nursing. This is one in a series of articles where we’ll be highlighting some of our historic treasures.

film and tapes

Artifact: 1952 film promoting the School of Nursing

In 1952, the School of Nursing made a film to promote the new school and to help spread the word that baccalaureate education in nursing was even an option. The Archives houses the original film, along with tapes made of the film when it began wearing out.

Dr. Otto Niemeier, a doctor at the Hamilton Hospital, donated the money to make the film, which was shot and edited by amateur filmmaker Mrs. Reg Brittain, of the Amateur Movie Makers Club.

The first screening took place in February 1953 at the Mills Library. The school gave many publicity presentations to all the high schools in Hamilton and area as well as 19 collegiates in southern Ontario.

Some of the characters we meet in the movie include director Alma Reid and teachers Arthur Bourne, Henrietta Alderson, Otto Niemeier, Fran Rogers and Clara Graham.

There are also scenes of students engaging in what are called initiation “hijinks”.

The movie shows small group and larger group classes taking place on campus and in clinical settings such as the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) and the Hamilton General Hospital.

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