2022 Nursing History Symposium

Public Health and Pandemic Caring in Context

Date: 08 Nov 2022

Presented by: Dr. Esyllt Jones, University of Manitoba

Room: Cecil Green Park House

2022 HISTORY SYMPOSIUM

Public Health and Pandemic Caring in Context

November 8, 2022 at 9:30 am PT - LINK TO RECORDING
at the Cecil Green Park House ($10 admission - lunch will be served) and online via Zoom (free)*

 

Dr. Esyllt W. Jones is a professor of history at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include the history of health, public health and pandemic history. She is the author of Influenza 1918: Disease, Death and Struggle in Winnipeg, and co-editor of the recently published Medicare’s Histories: Origins, Omissions and Opportunities in Canada (2022).

with Dr. Esyllt Jones, University of Manitoba

Pandemic Caring: public health nursing and community in the history of infectious disease

The 1918-19 influenza pandemic demonstrated the power of nursing in a disease crisis. At the time, and later in the eyes of historians, nursing interventions were valued because they alleviated suffering and meant an increased chance of survival when there were few medical treatment options. Much of this nursing care was delivered outside formal hospital settings, in locales that blurred the boundaries between institution, community, and home. In local neighbourhoods, public health nursing and private nursing organizations had for decades served those with virtually no access to health care, in places where infectious disease was a constant risk and a leading cause of mortality and disability. This form of nursing – in homes, at mission houses, for private agencies such as the VON – played a role historically that we barely recognize today, when the face of pandemic nursing is critical care.

Historical resonances nonetheless abound. Public health leaders are now calling for a return to community and neighbourhood-level engagement and healthcare investment, partly in response to pandemic inequality and vaccine access. This paper will draw from historical analyses of community-level nursing in the past and suggest ways in which nursing might engage with those successes and failures.

 

PROGRAM

9.30      Registration and refreshments
10.00    Welcome and Opening Remarks - Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, Professor and Director, School of Nursing
            Reflecting on the Legacy of Helen Shore - Dr. Geertje Boschma, Professor
10.20    Keynote with Dr. Esyllt Jones | discussion
11.15    Break
11.45    Panel discussion with:
            Dr. Helen Vandenberg, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
            Dr. Sonya Grypma, Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
            Dr. Alison Phinney, Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
            Dr. Mariko Sakamoto, Alzheimer Society of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Social Work, UBC
12.45    Closing remarks
12.50    Lunch