Fonds F0012 - Foothills Hospital School of Nursing fonds.

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Foothills Hospital School of Nursing fonds.


  • 1961-1995, predominant 1969-1995 (Creation)

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9.7 m of textual records. -- 11 cm of graphic materials. -- 2 VHS videocassettes

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The Foothills Hospital School of Nursing admitted its first class of student nurses in 1965 and held its last graduation in 1995. During its years of operation 2,488 men and women graduated from the diploma program.

The mandate of the School of Nursing was to prepare entry-level nurses with the skills needed to provide quality patient care in both acute and long-term care settings, and to provide opportunities for the continuing education of experienced nurses.

In order to provide a comprehensive nursing education, the School had affiliation agreements with a number of facilities in Calgary and the surrounding area such as the University of Calgary. This included the provision of University taught courses for the School, and, beginning in 1985, an articulation program which allowed students who had finished their first year at the School to transfer to the second year of the baccalaureate nursing program at the University.

Until the mid-1980s the shool offered one course of study, the Basic (Diploma) Program, a comprehensive three-year program teaching fundamental skills required in the practise of nursing. Subsequently the school offered the Refresher Program (1984-1990) for nurses returning to the nursing profession, and a certificate Post-Basic program (1985-1995). The School also participated with Mount Royal College and the University of Calgary in the planning, development and initiation of the Calgary Conjoint Nursing Program (CCNP). The first two years of the program were taught at the School of Nursing, beginning in 1993.

Responsibility for the overall organization and administration of the School and its educational programs from 1963 to 1968 was held by an Associate Director of Nursing Education, who reported to the Director of Nursing at Foothills Hospital who, in turn, reported to the Hospital Administration. In later years, the head of the School reported to the Hospital Administration through an Assistant Executive Director (ca. 1979), and subsequently through the Vice President, Nursing and Patient Services. By 1972 the Associate Director's title had been changed to Director of Nursing Education. When the Director resigned in 1993, the management of the school continued under a management team comprised of the Manager, Program Resources, Supervisor, Administrative Services, and the Curriculum Coordinator.

In response to the provincial Ministry of Advanced Education and Career Development's decision to close diploma schools of nursing and to reduce student enrolment and grants to nursing education, the Foothills Hospital announced in 1994 plans to close the Foothills Hospital School of Nursing and its basic diploma nursing program. The school closed on July 1, 1995, and withdrew drom CCNP. It transferred its post-basic nursing education programs and the CCNP's diploma option to the Department of Nursing and Allied Health, Mount Royal College. Mount Royal College and the University of Calgary assumed responsibilty for CCNP nursing students. The closing of the Foothills Hospital School of Nursing marked the end of the era of hospital-based nursing education in Calgary.

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Fonds consists of records arranged into seven sousfonds. The Central Filing System sousfonds (1961-1995) contains correspondence, organizational charts, budgets, financial planning documents, committee minutes and reports, policy statements, annual reports, job descriptions, school calendars, program proposals, curriculum manuals and outlines, and agreements. The Director, School of Nursing sousfonds (1965-1995) contains proposals, feasibility studies, planning documents, correspondence, minutes, curriculum framework materials, course syllabi, reports, discussion papers, budgets and financial statements. The Supervisor, Adminsitrative Services sousfonds (1985-1995) contains correspondence, recommendations, planning documents, policy statements, minutes, financial statements and reports. The Manager, Program Resources sousfonds (1980, 1982-1984, 1986-1995) contains curriculum evaluation materials, clinical placement reuqests, course outlines, students and faculty orientation manuals, minutes, staffing analyses and job descriptions, and agreements with Foothills Hospital and other institutions. The Curriculm Coordinator sousfonds (1961, 1985-1990, 1992-1995) contains records related to the Calgary Conjoint Nursing Program including committee minutes, terms of reference, faculty meeting minutes, program and committee structure documents, and conceptual framework materials; and renovation project reports, contracts, project outlines and proposal, facilities analyses, correspondence, and architectural plans and sketches. The Manager, Student Affairs sousfonds (1963-1965, 1968-1995) contains annual reports; student and residence policy statements and regulations; graudation correspondence, minutes, programmes, photographs and budgets; Administration/Faculty/Student Liaison Committee correspondence and terms of reference; and awards correspondence, policy statements, terms of reference and recipient lists. The Registrar sousfonds (1975-1976; 1978, 1983-1994) contains registrar manuals which include policy statements and admission reports. Fonds also includes two general School of Nursing series: Course Materials (1971, 1975-1977, 1981, 1984-1985) of curriculum guides, master examinations, instructional photographs, assessment guides, course study guides and outlines, and a student orientation package; and Photographs (1968, 1970-1995) containing photographs of aspects of the Diploma Program and Calgary Conjoint Nursing Program, School events and facilities, graduation ceremonies (1968, 1970-1995), studnet activities and lab practise, and faculty and staff.

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Administrative records are restricted for a period of 15 years as authorized under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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Foothills Hospital School of Nursing student uniform [1968] and School award plaques are held by The University of Calgary Archives. The records of the Foothills Nursing Students Association are also held by the University Archives.

School of Nursing student records and personnel records are held by the Foothills Hospital Human Resources Department. Calgary Conjoing Nursing Program student records are held by the University of Calgary Registrar and the Faculty of Nursing. The School of Nursing library collection has been integrated with The University of Calgary's Medical Library. Portions of the School's audio-visual resources collection is held by the nursing program at Mount Royal College.

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