Alberta Association of Registered Nurses

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Alberta Association of Registered Nurses

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The Alberta Association of Registered Nurses was formed (as the Alberta Association of Graduate Nurses) in 1916 and incorporated that same year under the Alberta Registered Nurses Act. By petition to the Alberta Legislature in 1920 the Act was amended to establish the present name of the Association. "Local associations," "Districts" and "sections" are mentioned in the early history of the Association, to 1921, mainly in the context of voting rights, election of officers and enhanced communications among nurses throughout the Province. In 1936 it was "suggested that the Province be divided into district [sic] areas," and the Relationship Committee was struck to study internal organization. The changes in structure, which followed, related to elections and representation but did not alter the Districts. In the 1950s "the Association was restructured to be more consistent with [that of the Canadian Nurses Association] and to provide better representation of all nurses. This was an internal restructuring and should not be confused with the major structure study of the1960s." In that period the Association also had 41 Chapters, the members of which "frequently filled volunteer needs in their communities, performed fund-raising activities, provided educational programs for nurses and the public, and held social functions for their members." In practice, the Provincial Executive reported to the members mainly through the Newsletter and the annual meeting, rather than through the Chapters. In 1965 a thorough study of the AARN's internal structure was completed and "as a result of complete reorganization, every Committee, every District organization and every office staff member was affected." The Province was now divided into five autonomous Districts, which provided members with direct contact with their elected representatives. The records in this accession date from this change in the structure of the AARN. District activities included coordination of Awards, which were established at the 1965 convention. Each year, Alberta Nursing Week was celebrated with public awareness programs, the Heritage of Service Awards, and the presentation of Honorary Memberships. The Awards were coordinated by each District's Information Committee. By 1966 amendments to the Labour Act involved the AARN in increased collective bargaining and District liaisons with the seventy-one Staff Nurses Associations in the Province. In the early 1970s these associations became divisions of the AARN. Two developments in the profession of nursing which are reflected in the Districts' fonds relate to the endorsement of a liability insurance plan for nurses (1972), and the EP 2000 (Entry-into-Practice) Position Statement on Baccalaureate Education for Nurses (1988). Each District's Direct Access Task Force and its Political Action Committee were especially active during the period of the government's restructuring of health care services throughout the Province (predominantly 1990-1999). In 1999, by the authority of the Provincial Council (which included representatives from each District), the existing structure of Districts was discontinued, the offices closed, and all extant records transferred to the AARN's Archives. Information and quotations used in this description are taken from the series Our history a proud heritage, published in the AARN's newsletter for the 75th anniversary of the Association, 1991.


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College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta Museum and Archives

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