Johns, Ethel (1879–1968)

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Johns, Ethel (1879–1968)

Canadian nurse. Born Ethel Mary Incledon Johns, May 13, 1879, in Meonstoke Southampton, England; died Sept 2, 1968, in Vancouver, Canada; dau. of Amy (Robinson) Johns and Rev. Henry Incledon Johns (teacher); graduate of Winnipeg (Manitoba) Hospital Training School for Nurses, 1902; studied at Columbia University Teachers College (from 1914).

One of Canada's pioneer nurses, began working as an instructor and head nurse at Winnipeg General Hospital (1905), then head of its X-ray department (1907); helped found and served as an editor of Winnipeg General Hospital's Nurses' Alumnae Journal (1907); served as principal and superintendent of Children's Hospital of Winnipeg's nursing school (1915–19); appointed to Public Welfare Commission of Manitoba (1917); at Vancouver General Hospital, served as director of Nursing Service and Education (1919–21) and became a full-time faculty member (1922); worked as a special member of the Field Staff in Nursing Education for the Rockefeller Foundation in Europe (from 1925); helped reorganize the nursing school in Debrecen, Hungary; was 1st director of The University of British Columbia's School of Nursing; served as editor and business manager of Canadian Nurse, the official journal of the Canadian Nurses Association; retired (1944).

See also Margaret Street, Watch-Fires on the Mountains: The Life and Writings of Ethel Johns (1973).

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