RPNA pin denoting Manitoba’s “Open Door Policy” 1960s.
The last SMHC Reunion of 2007.
Dr. Edward Johnson Gold Medal Awarded each year to a graduating student who demonstrated clinical and academic proficiency throughout their training program.
The nurses residence and school of nursing were opened in 1926. However, in 1921, Doctor Charles Barnes organized the first nurse training program. All subjects were taught by medical staff and the Assistant Matron. At this time all students were female and required to live within the residence. Their clinical practice was supervised by senior nurses. Amongst their many duties were keeping the patients clean, dressed, assisting with their meals as well as looking after soiled linen, garbage, washing, waxing and polishing the floors. Lectures continued for two years and in the third year the student nurse was now a senior and able to take charge of the ward. Students were paid $40.00 per month. In the 1930s and 1940s, the students graduated as Psychiatric Nurses. In 1949, the first male students were allowed to take classes with the females. It was not however until the early 1950s that a nurse, Margaret Solar, was specifically appointed as a nurse teacher for the school. In 1959 the block system of training commenced. This was the first move to prevent students from attending classes after working on the wards the same day. The class of 1963 was the first to graduate under this new scheme. In 1960 the Registered Psychiatric Nurses act came into existence. A minimum number of theoretical hours was established. Also, at this time a separate nurses library came into existence. The emphasis within the education program was “re-motivation” of chronic patients due to the advent of psychotropic medications which made the patients more accessible to their surroundings. In 1980 the new RPNA Act received Royal Assent which included responsibility for establishing and maintaining standards for psychiatric nursing education. However, in 1991 the Provincial budget discontinued funding for the Selkirk school and the last class to graduate was in July 1992. The preparation of psychiatric nurses was transferred to Brandon University for a 4 years undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing.
The Last Faculty Photograph 1992 L-R: Dianne Gaboreau (Director); Pat Helwer; Sandy Huff (Secretary); Audrey Wasnie; Melanie Shumilak; Jeanette Warren; Ruth Enns; Richard Bartlinski (Asst Director); Christine Hoeschen; Dianne Stolar; David Ezzard.
Graduate Nurse Chevron from the 1960s Chevron from the 1970s Sweater Chevron 1964 Collar Bar pin worn by female students in the 1930s to the 1970s.
School of Psychiatric Nursing
Uniforms from 1924 to 1992 1 4 3 2 8 7 6 5 11 13 10 9 12 16 15 14 17 	1.	Dr. John English 	2.	Dr. Elizabeth Hartig 	3.	Dilla Narfason 	4.	Lydia Tigchelaar 	5.	Lois Lethbridge 	6.	John Crawford 	7.	Stewart Davidson 	8.	John Martyniw 	9.	Gerald Pronyk 	10.	Dr. Joyce Woods 	11.	Alice Inniss 	12.	Dianne Gaborieau 	13.	Carol Johnson 	14.	Donna Young 	15.	Larry Semenko 	16.	Roy Brown 	17.	Stan Surowich School of Nursing Faculty