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Dr. Helen Glass (1917- )

Nurse, educator, administrator, researcher

Dr. Helen Glass is a nurse with an international reputation for leadership in nursing education and research. Her academic career began when she earned her diploma in nursing from Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital School of Nursing in 1939. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science (Columbia University, Department of Nursing Education, 1960), and her Master of Arts Degree (1961), and both her Masters and Doctorate Degrees in nursing education (Columbia University).

She became an instructor at the University of Manitoba's School of Nursing in 1962, and was named the School's Director a decade later. She was instrumental in establishing a graduate program in nursing at the University and also in creating the Manitoba Nursing Research Institute.

Dr. Glass later became President of the Canadian Nurses Association, and had a great influence on the wording and scope of the Canada Health Act (1984), working for the inclusion of nursing and allied health professionals alongside physicians in the delivery of primary care services.

Dr. Glass has been invited to sit on many committees and advisory councils to lend her expertise to the development of new policies as the concept of health care shifts from institutional care to community-based health promotion strategies. Her commitment and experience in health care policy development and nursing education and research is recognized internationally.

Some of the many honours and distinctions Dr. Glass has received over the course of her career include the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), YWCA Woman of the Year Award for Education (1979), Member of the Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1987), City of Winnipeg Community Service Award for outstanding contribution to the City, and Officer of the Order of Canada (1989).

Her extensive experience and scholarship in health care has helped guide her to understand and apply the holistic approach to health. She has tirelessly advocated for recognition and support for nurses in their roles at the forefront of the movement towards greater community-based care. As a teacher, scholar, and advocate, Dr. Glass has served as an inspiration to many Manitoba nurses. Her passionate commitment to her profession and to creating healthy communities has led her to achieve success and recognition throughout the course of her career.

Additional Reading

Helen Glass fonds, 1957-1990 (Located in Elizabeth Dafoe Library Archives, University of Manitoba, Call number Mss 124).

"New Nursing Education Facility to be Named after Dr. Helen Glass." Nurscene, v. 24, no. 3, (May 1999): 18-19.

Glass, H. "Interventions in nursing: goal or task-oriented?" International Nursing Review, v. 30, no. 2 (1983): 53-6.

Glass, H. "Nursing’s visions: dreams or reality?" Canadian Nurse, v. 77, no. 1 (January 1981): 18.

Glass, Helen. "Primary health care: then and now." Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, v. 32, no. 1 (June 2000): 9-16.

Glass, H.P. "Research: an international perspective." Nursing Research v. 26, no. 3 (1977): 230-36.

Glass, H. "The Sleeping giant." Canadian Nurse, vol. 78, no. 8 (September 1982): 6-7.

Glass, H.P, S.J. Winkler, and L.F. Degner. "Statement on the expanded role of the nurse." Nursing Papers v. 6, no. 2 (Summer 1974): 10-14.

Glass, H. "We can fashion the future, but what fashion will we choose?" Nursing Papers v. 17, no. 2 (Summer 1985): 6-10.

Dr. Helen Glass. Photo courtesy Department of Archives and Special Collections, The University of Manitoba.


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