Student-Scholar Discussion Board about Research and Writing


Are you a student who needs help with research and writing? Post your comments or questions below.


  1. Jaime Lapeyre

    Dear CAHN-ACHN members and interested individuals,

    In order to provide a venue for continuing conversations and collaboration between established scholars and history students, this discussion board has been developed.

    Please feel free to post any questions, updates or information that you feel may be of benefit to those within this community.

    Regards, Jaime Lapeyre, PhD (c)
    CAHN-ACHN member

  2. Jaime Lapeyre

    Student conference: HISTORY OF MEDICINE DAYS CONFERENCE, March 11-12, 2011.

    The History of Medicine Days is an annual two-day Nation-wide conference held at the University of Calgary in which undergraduate and early graduate students from across Canada give 10-12 minute presentations on the history of medicine and health care. The topics generally tend to include areas from Classics, the History of Public Health, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Human Biology, Neuroscience, etc. Prizes are awarded and there are associated receptions and an awards banquet.

    Each student is matched with a faculty preceptor (required for Calgary students and strongly recommended for all others), who provides guidance for the preparation of the History of Medicine Days presentation and acts as a discussant and mentor for the student.

    It is assumed and required that every student presentation provides some original research attempt, new methodological perspective on the topic, and/or visibly critical discussion following each presenter’s engagement with his or her topic. It is also encouraged that 2-4 students might present work on a related topic which may be included in panel form. An adequate critical discussant will then be identified by the conference organizers to comment on such related papers. We ask, however, that individual presentation and poster abstracts are sent in by only one author and not by multiple authors.

    The Keynote Speaker of the 2011 HMDs will be Dr. George Weisz, (Cotton-Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at the Department of Social Studies of Medicine) from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. More information on his presentation will soon be provided on this webpage. Please stay tuned for the presentation poster.

  3. Margaret Scaia

    Invitation to participate:

    “Understanding Women’s Labour, 1960-1976: Work, Nursing And Motherhood”

    This is an invitation to participate in a research study. The purpose of the study is to discover, through completion of a 15 minute demographic questionnaire and a 75 minute audio-taped confidential conversation, your unique experience of being a nurse in western Canada the 1960s and early 1970s. This demographic questionnaire and audio-taped conversation will take place in a location of your choice or over the telephone. Participants will have the option of not completing the demographic questionnaire. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary, and if you agree to participate, you may change your mind and withdraw at any point without the need for explanation. You need not answer any questions that you are not comfortable answering nor do you need to address any topic you are not comfortable addressing, including questions on the demographic questionnaire.

    These conversations will be relatively unstructured, but some questions could include:

    “What was your experience of becoming a nurse in western Canada in the 1960s and early 1970s and did your role as a woman at that time influence that experience?”
    “How did your role as a woman influence your experience of being a nurse during this time period?”
    “What other factors were significant in shaping your experience of being a nurse during this time period?”
    “What meaning do you now make of being a nurse during this time period?”
    “What questions about the experience of being a nursing during this time period have not been asked in this interview and that are important for me to know about?”

    If these topics are of interest to you, please call or email Margaret Scaia, RN, MN, PhD (C) at the University of Victoria. I can be reached at 250-598-9994 to leave a confidential voice mail message, or email to

  4. Margaret Scaia

    Hi Jaime
    just wanted to thank you for getting this site up and going – and for posting my inquiry!! Margaret

  5. Hello all: I am thrilled to see this FB site for CAHN. To provide some historical information regarding the beginning days of CAHN: I thought of the idea of an association in 1986 and typed a letter to Margaret Allemang, asking her if she was interested in joining me to form what is now CAHN. Since Margaret had retired and I was Professor of Nursing at Dalhousie Univeristy, I had more access to resources and services, so it was decided I would take the lead and type letters to key nurse leaders for an initial meeting at U of T. We met in Toronto in 1987 and the rest is history (pun intended). I agreed to be President for the first 2 years. Even the logo was designed by one of my nursing students!
    I think back to those early days when I laboriously typed all that transpired. Margaret would write to me in long hand. Fortunately all that correspondence has been preserved, but I know not whereabouts it can be found? Does anyone know?
    Given that I have lived through diploma RNs, entry to practice at the baccalaureate level and now knowing we are facing a change in what will be defined as a nurse when entry to practice as an RN will be at the Master’s level (such as it is now in professions such as physiotherapy), I find the field of the researchers to be very interesting indeed! So many changes to be documented!
    As someone who has written extensively about fibromyalgia I am convinced that Florence Nightingale herself suffered from that condition and would be interested in contacting those who have researched issues about her health. I have written about her on my website some time ago in this regard…
    Thank you so much for setting up this site! How far we have come since I had this gem of an idea in 1986!
    Best wishes to all of you,
    Barbara Keddy Ph.D.
    Professor Emerita
    Dalhousie University

  6. Jeanne Bell

    Hi Barbara, what a coincidence! I have just been looking for Nursing history websites in Canada, and have been looking through the following website

    That may be what you are looking for. Hope so!!

    I haven’t been so lucky, I am looking for possible info about my grandfather’s sister, Florence Emma Girdwood, who trained as a nurse in Montreal from about 1907. According to a relative who has some notes about her,, she later nursed out of Port Arthur in Ontario,and in Victoria BC and had to “deliver her babies on horseback”. I don’t imagine that means giving birth herself! LOL hard to imagine, and pretty uncomfortable too I guess”. LOL.

    Anyway, best of luck with the URL above for Margaret Allemang

    Kind regards
    Jeanne (Mathews) Bell .N.Z.

  7. margaret scaia

    Hi All,

    I want to thank all those nurses who replied to my request for participants in my study of nurses who obtained their education between 1960 and 1976 in Calgary and Vancouver. I interviewed 37 nurses and am thrilled to now be working on the transcripts. I look forward to seeing you at the conference in Fredericton this May! Margaret

  8. Cynthia Toman

    Barbara Keddy’s note above is both timely and poignant as the upcoming 25th anniversary of CAHN is next year 2012. If anyone has more of the CAHN archives in their basement, I think Jayne Elliott and/or Lynn Kirkwood would be interested. They are trying to pull archives for the organization together.

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