Society for the Social History of Medicine 2018

Excited to join my history of medicine and history of nursing colleagues at the SSHM 2018!  My paper “Nursing Careers at Haslar and Plymouth Naval Hospitals, 1769-1800” counters historiographical preconceptions about pre-Nightingale nursing through a detailed analysis of the nursing workforce at Plymouth and Haslar Naval Hospitals, in conjunction with the nursing regulations for naval medical care. As the experiences of nurses at Plymouth Naval Hospital show, the physical stability of naval hospitals allowed for nurses to develop healing and care skills over a period of longstanding employment.

The full conference programme is available here.

Canadian Historical Association 2018

Super excited to present at the CHA this year with such wonderful people and to discuss the importance of subverting traditional historiographies!  Word cloud of my paper accurately representing my use of pay list records to showcase the role of nurses in British naval hospitals.

Join us on Wednesday 30 May at 1:30!

Subverting Traditional Historiographies: Seeking Diversity in the Archives and Beyond | Contourner l’historiographie traditionnelle : à la recherche de la diversité dans les archives et ailleurs

Michelle Desveaux (University of Saskatchewan): “Firm Foundations: The National Archives as an Expression of Early 20th Century Canadian Historical Consciousness”

Katherine MacDonald (University of New Brunswick): “Organizing the Unorganisable?: International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union Decline and Membership Engagement in Montreal, 1970-1989”

Stephanie Pettigrew (University of New Brunswick): “Disrupting Colonial New France: Diversity in Seventeenth Century Colonial Populations”

Erin Spinney (University of Saskatchewan): “Forgotten Carers: How digital methodology illuminates female nursing in 18th century British Naval Hospitals”

Chair | Animatrice : Andrea Eidinger (University of British Columbia)

The whole CHA program is available here!

CSHM 2018

I’m going to be presenting twice at #Congressh2018 this year!  My first meeting is with the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, where I will be discussing the medical care provided for nurses in eighteenth and early nineteenth century naval hospitals.

Word cloud of my paper. I think I enjoy making word clouds a bit too much!

Join me bright and early on Monday, May 28th!

Panel information:

G1: Being Nurses 9:00-10:00 am

Chair: Frank Stanisch, University of Calgary        LI 111

“Nursing the Nurses: Medical Care for Nurses in British Naval Hospitals 1790-1815/ Soigner les infirmières : soins médicaux pour les infirmières britanniques dans les hôpitaux de la marine 1790-1815” Erin Spinney, University of Saskatchewan*

“‘We have to remember there was a past’: A first glimpse of the Saskatchewan Nursing Oral History Collection 1950-2010/Souvenons-nous qu’il y a eu un passé’: Un premier aperçu de la Collection d’histoire orale des infirmières et des infirmiers de la Saskatchewan entre 1950 et 2010” Meghan Bend, Megan Hewson, Helen Vandenberg, University of Saskatchewan