Nurses: the beating heart of St. Paul's for 125 years

Dec 19, 2019 | News

Student nurses in the chapel at St. Paul's Hospital, 1969.Student nurses in the chapel at St. Paul's Hospital, 1969.

If you’ve ever been to St. Paul’s, you know that something special happens when you come through the doors…whether you’re a staff member, a volunteer, a patient, or a visitor. You become part of our 125-year legacy of compassion.

Perhaps no group better exemplifies this than our nurses past and present. No matter how long ago they trained or worked at St. Paul's, they hold dear the memories of the patients, the camaraderie, and even the strictest nuns!

By the time the last class graduated in 1974, St. Paul’s School of Nursing had trained nearly 4,000 nurses. Women and men (starting in 1951) who made countless memories – and countless beds – on the path to helping scores of patients.

As St. Paul’s very special anniversary year draws to a close, we want to celebrate our extraordinary nurses. So we asked a few of our Nursing School alumni to take us back to their early days as “probies” (first-year nurses in training). Their memories share a common thread of good humour, pride, and compassion – qualities that shine in our nurses to this day.

Read their heartwarming, laugh-out-loud stories on St. Paul's Foundation site, including Irene DeGusseme (Class of 1953)!

Irene DeGusseme in her graduation photo, Class of 1953, and in her kitchen sharing fond memories of training, bed-making, and shenanigans during her three years at St. Paul’s School of Nursing. Photo and story courtesty of St. Paul's Foundation.

Read the full story here.


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