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Mount Royal University. School of Nursing and Midwifery fonds
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1958-2017, predominant 1964-2007 (Creation)
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5.5 m of textual records
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The School of Nursing and Midwifery is part of Mount Royal University's Faculty of Health, Community, and Education, and as of 2019 offers the following programs: Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, the Bridge to Canadian Nursing, and the Advanced Studies in Critical Care Nursing Certificate.
Mount Royal’s nursing program was launched in 1967 as a two-year diploma program under the directorship of Jean Mackie. At the time, the College's Diploma Nursing Program was controversial because previously most nursing education had consisted of either apprenticeship programs run by hospitals or four-year degree programs taught in universities. However, the program grew and gained acceptance over several decades, eventually expanding to include certificate programs in specialty areas of nursing including: operating room and intensive care nursing, post-basic mental health nursing, occupational health nursing, extended care nursing, and gerontological nursing. The Diploma Nursing Program continued until 1993, with the last cohort graduating in 1995.
In the 1980s, the Nursing and Allied Health Department started to explore options for offering a nursing degree program through Mount Royal College. After several years of research and planning, an agreement was reached in 1992 through which the three nursing programs offered in Calgary were merged into one program, the Calgary Conjoint Nursing Program (CCNP), a collaborative baccalaureate program offered by Mount Royal College, the University of Calgary, and the Foothills Hospital School of Nursing. The program launched in 1993 with the first class of students graduating in 1997. The program offered classes at all three institutions and students had the option of completing either a four-year Bachelor of Nursing degree or a two-year nursing diploma. The Calgary Conjoint Nursing Program was initially only approved for a six-year trial period, but the partnership continued for eleven years, with the last students graduating in 2004.
As the Calgary Conjoint Nursing Program wound down and the last intake of students occurred in 2000, the Mount Royal College Centre for Health Studies sought out other partnerships in order to continue to provide a Bachelor of Nursing option without interruption to student enrollment. They eventually reached an agreement with Athabasca University in 2000, which allowed Mount Royal to provide university-level nursing courses at the Lincoln Park campus taught by Mount Royal faculty. The Athabasca University at Mount Royal College (AU @ MRC) Bachelor of Nursing program officially launched in 2001 and ran until 2013, with the last intake of students into the program occurring in 2010.
The partnership with Athabasca University allowed Mount Royal College to continue to provide university-level nursing education while it pursued independent degree-granting status.
In 2007 the nursing program became Mount Royal College’s very first baccalaureate degree program, and in 2011 the School of Nursing launched Alberta's first Bachelor of Midwifery degree.
Some records were transferred to and temporarily held by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) Archives before Mount Royal's archives was established. These records were transferred to the Mount Royal Archives and Special Collection around 2008.
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Fonds reflects the development and evolution of the Mount Royal University's School of Nursing and Midwifery and the academic programs it offered. Fonds is arranged into twelve series: photographs, the Diploma Nursing Program and nursing certificate programs, Calgary Conjoint Nursing Program, Athabasca University at Mount Royal College, Bachelor of Nursing, awards, convocation, alumni, external organizations and governing bodies, institutional reports, administration, and course outlines and learning materials.
Fonds contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes, agendas, reports, curriculum development documentation and proposals, surveys/questionnaires, photographs, brochures and pamphlets, student and faculty handbooks, policies, procedures, articles, financial statements and budgets, course modules, and newsletters.
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Records were transferred by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and were donated by a number of faculty and staff including Angela Spinner and Darlene Dawson (donated January 17, 2008), and Kit McRae. An accrual was received on July 30, 2018 from Stephanie Patton, Assistant to the Director of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
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Some files restricted for privacy reasons. Please see lower-level descriptions for details and consult archivist.
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Further accruals are expected.
The image linked to this description is a photograph of the last graduating class of the Diploma Nursing Program (Item 0108-01).
5 contact sheets
1 audio cassette
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Created May 8, 2019 by SD.
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