Autobiography Introduction

In the 1990s, Helen Mussallem worked closely with Elizabeth Crawley to record her personal stories in an autobiography. They intended to address all of Dr. Mussallem’s life, from her childhood in Maple Ridge to her retirement years.

Only parts of sections 5, “The CNA Years,” and section 6.1.4., “Commonwealth Nurses Federation”, were written. The outline below reveals their original intentions for the autobiography project.

The text went through several handwritten and typewritten drafts, with corrections and revisions by Helen Mussallem and Elizabeth Crawley. This version of their work contains all of their completed text, arranged in chronological order.

Elizabeth and Dr. H.K.M.
Elizabeth Crawley and Dr.Helen K. Mussallem

SECTION 5 CNA YEARS

SECTION 5.1 -PILOT PROJECT FOR EVALUATION OF SCHOOLS OF NURSING

5.1.1 Appointment as Director of Pilot Project for Evaluation of Schools of Nursing in Canada
-Leave of absence for 2 years from VGH

5.1.2 Arrival in Ottawa (44 lbs. baggage)
-stay at Bytown Inn

5.1.3 Initial Planning -Meeting with Special Committee of Project in Toronto and Montreal
-Selection of Schools for Pilot Project -Selection of Regional Visitors
-Appointment of Liaison Committee -Publicity for project
-Familiarization trip across Canada
-Meeting with Minister/Deputy Minister of Health and/or Education & Chief Nursing Officer
-meeting with directors of schools to be surveyed and administrative personnel of hospital/university
-meeting with nurses organizations in the community

5.1.4 Survey of 25 schools of nursing in all to provinces (Fr. & Eng.)
-Personnel in schools
-data provided
-survey techniques
-unusual incidents
-interim meeting with executive committee (Board of Directors)

5.1.5 Writing of report in Ottawa and Maple Ridge

5.1.6 Presentation of Final Report to Executive Committee (B of Dir) 1959-60
-4 months Teachers College in New York
-presentations to annual meetings

5.1.7 Halifax June 1960. ”Elle a gagné ses épaulettes”
-acceptance of 4 recommendations

5.1.8 Personal approaches to fill other special positions (see 5.2)
-Director of Special Studies 1960-63

(return to Teachers College in New York to complete doctorate)

SECTION 5.2 DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL STUDIES -CNA

5.2.1 Appointment as Director of Special Studies (condition of appointment
-extension of VGH Leave of Absence)

5.2.2 Development of Plan to Implement 3 of 4 recommendations of Pilot Project
-Directors of project recruited
-Rec. 1 Kasper Naegle -study of whole field of nursing education.
-Rec. 2 School Improvement Program (G. Rowsell)
-Rec. 3 Evaluation of Quality of N.S. (L. Campion)
-Supervision of Special studies: Rec. 1, 2 and 3
-Assistance with writing and publication

SECTION 5.3 ROYAL COMMISSION

5.3.1 Death of Kasper Naegle. CNA Project (Rec. 1) and RCHS project on Nursing Education combined

5.3.2 RCHS Project Director
-defined purpose of project
-planned survey of university schools of nursing and diploma schools of nursing
-on-site visit to university schools of nursing 16 basic (p.75)
-?? Personal
-recommendations

SECTION 5.4 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – CNA

5.4.1 History of CNA

5.4.2 Appointment as Executive Director

5.4.3 Special Projects (Library, Statistics)

5.4.5 International initiatives
-ICN (CNR) – speaker and chair sp. Sessions Frankfurt, Montreal, Mexico, Tokyo, Nairobi, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Madrid
-Red Cross
-WHO (U of Edinburgh)
-Lebanon
-Commonwealth Caribbean (Reg.Nsg.Body)
-Government Delegations
-Middle & Latin America
-Summit Seminars
-Caracas, Venezuela
-Commonwealth Nurses Fed. (1971)
-Montevideo, Uruguay
-Expansion of International Programs (CIDA)
-30th WHO Assembly
-World Federation of Public Health