History of Nursing in Pacific Canada

[Letter from Ethel Johns to Eileen C. Flanagan] Johns, Ethel 1955-07-18

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 4519 West Fifteenth Ave.,
Vane ouver, 8   B.C.
July 18, 1955
Dear ECF  s
Please believe that I did send you a brainwave at
least two weeks ago — even before your recent letter caused
me to experience what our BC friends describe as "remorse of
conscience." This was the way of it : during the whole month
of June I was toiling at the oar in my own School of Nursing
collecting source material for (yes, you nave guessed it)
the history c& that nolle institution that graduated Isabel
Stewart and hasn't done anything much except have trouble^
ever since. We have changed superintendents of nurses far
too often and the joint is oeginning  to be known as the
grave of good reputations. However, Miss Pullen did a swell
job with us and now that she has left us and taken an easier
and better paid job in the States, we have a young one of our
own, Margaret Cameron, i¥ho I hope will do well* She had heen
on  the staff at St Luke's in NY for some time and does not
know the Canadian scene as well as she should. She may go
East before long and if she does I know she will be pulling
at your latchstring* She needs the sort of briefing you
could give her* Perhaps she is a bit on the academic side
but there is real ability there if she can take the sort of
punishment anyone is likely to get in a western hospital
 that hasn't had the competition that it needs to keep it on
its toes,
Now about all those delightful books that you have sent me*
The HjE Freya Stark one has only just had the sort of reading
tha£ it deserves. When  I got back from the f/pg. stunt, I took
a ^ek off and pretty well camped out in my backyard, coming
In] |ply for meals and to sleep* Didn't even answer the phone*
h «   *
Just (ravelled through Iona with Freya. But ought I not to
send them all back to you now so that they can be shared with
other friends* YESf  ~- I should like the Glasgow one and
would be sure to do my duty by  it promptly* l^he reviews got
me wondering about it* Did you happen to read Virginia V/oolf's
^-Write^i^ Diary^i^—Woiiderful-but-Oe£t_you--vanting-mage^—Mag*--
stop npw and send a word to Norena AND to Caroline B* — I
had not heard that she had taken the plunge *  Affectionately,

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