Congress 2019

Lovely landscaping at UBC

It was a busy Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities for me this year! It was great to be back in sunny Vancouver and enjoy the beautiful UBC campus.

At the joint meeting of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing I was the very first presenter of the conference.

A2: Nursing History, Theory, and Practice

Chair/présidente: Kathryn McPherson (York University)

Nurses and Literacy at Haslar and Plymouth Naval Hospitals, c. 1770-1800, Erin Spinney (Oxford University)

Un malaise flou en héritage: Les fondements de la discipline et la pensée infirmière, Marie-Claude Thifault (Université d’Ottawa)

Une Révolution tranquille avant l’heure au chapitre des infirmières? Charlotte Tassé et le modèle de al garde-malade canadienne-français (1928-1963), Alexandre Klein (Université Laval)

Beautiful flowers and trees at the residences of UBC

I was also fortunate to attend the Canadian Historical Association conference, speak to a publisher about my book project, and catch up with colleagues I hadn’t seen in a while.

HSTM Seminar at Oxford

I’m happy to be back at Oxford for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Seminar on Monday May 13th! Come and hear “Women’s Labour and British Naval Hospitals and Hospital Ships 1775-1815” at 16:00 in the History Faculty Lecture Theatre on George Street. Coffee will be available from 15:30.

Audio Recording of A Species of Knowledge Presentation

The audio of my presentation “Seniority, Experience and On-the-job Training at British Naval Hospitals 1775-1815” from the April 5 symposium A Species of Knowledge: Women and Medicine 1750-1850 is now available on SoundCloud! Thank you to the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies for the recording. Find links to the other presentations as well as the keynote by Prof. Hillary Marland here.

Joint Meeting of Agnes Dillion Randolph International Nursing History Conference and SAHMS

Program Cover Photo: University of Virginia Hospital operating theater, 1913. ECBCNHI Photograph Collection.

This past week I attended the joint meeting of the 4th Annual Agnes Dillion Randolph International Nursing History conference and the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was great to reconnect with nursing history colleagues in North America and kick off the spring conference season with an excellent conference.

My presentation was part of session Session 2A – Military Nursing
Moderator: Marian MoserJones

  1. Two Directors of Nursing ContrastedCarol Helmstadter
  2. Nursing on British Naval Hospital Ships, 1790-1815 Erin Spinney
  3. Military Nurses of the Vietnam War: Tenacity, Courage, and LossLorelei Stein

The campus was quite beautiful as well.

Windy but sunny day so for walking on campus

AAHN: Christy Award

My PhD dissertation, “Naval and Military Nursing c. 1763-1830,” has been awarded the American Association for the History of Nursing Teresa E. Christy award.  You can download my dissertation here.

The purpose of the Teresa E. Christy Award is to encourage new nursing history investigators, and to recognize excellence of historical research and writing done while the researcher was in a student status. The Christy Award is given for doctoral dissertations.

American Association for the History of Nursing

Library and Archives Canada-Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / PA-029622

Excited to be heading to San Diego for the 2018 AAHN conference.  It is my first time presenting a joint paper with my colleague Glenn Iceton!  Our paper examines frontier nursing activities by Anglican missionaries Isaac and Sadie Stringer in the Yukon.  The paper specifically considers the gendered and colonial dynamics of healthcare delivery in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries among whaling and indigenous communities on Herschel Island.

Join our panel at 1 pm on September 14 in Point Loma A.

Missionary Nurses 
1. Sisters of Mercy: The walking Nun’s Siouxland Journey & Experiences in nursing-Diane Smith

2. American Missionary Nurses negotiate a place in the mission: The politics of application, assignment and resignation-Lydia Wytenbroek

3. Sadie and Isaac Stringer, Herschel Island and Northern missionary healthcare in the late-19th Century-Erin Spinney, Glenn Iceton

Environmental History Workshop

I had a great time at the Inaugural Environmental History Workshop this past Monday!  Our panel (composed of all individually submitted abstracts) meshed so well!

Healthy Environments, Wolfson Room NB01 (Chair: Vanessa Taylor, University of Greenwich)

Rebecca Wright, University of York, ‘Heating Gotham: environments of health and energy in New York City and beyond, 1900–1950’

Erin Spinney, University of Oxford, ‘Nursing the built environment: environmental medicine in British naval hospitals, 1790–1815’

Tayler Meredith, University of Birmingham, ‘“Eclipsed in such a Cloud of Sulphur”: sunlight and health in early modern London’

The full conference program is available here.

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.