Margaret Elder Hart was a 1930 graduate of Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing. Convinced that education was a prime factor in advancing the practice of nursing, she obtained B.Sc., M.A., Ed.D, and LL.D. degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Hart returned to Manitoba, where she was well known for her pioneer work in Public Health Nursing and for developing programs in public health and administration.
Dr. Hart was Director of the School of Nursing from 1948 until her retirement in 1972. She was instrumental in developing the first four-year baccalaureate program in Manitoba, and a two-year degree program for registered nurses. As early as the 1960's, she submitted the first proposal for a Master of Nursing program. Many graduate students have benefitted from The Margaret Elder Hart Graduate Study Scholarship in Nursing which was established in 1972. Dr. Hart was active in the provincial nursing association, a charter member and Honorary Member (1972) of CAUSN, a founding member of the National League for Nursing, fellow of the American Public Health Association, and fellow of the Royal Society of Health.
Her many awards include the Manitoba Medal, Canada Centennial medal, and the MARN Award for Excellence in Nursing Education (1986). The Margaret Elder Hart Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 1991. To mark the 50th anniversary of the faculty of Nursing, Dr. Hart was awarded an honourary Doctor of Laws Degree by the University of Manitoba. The Dr. Margaret Elder Hart Heritage Room bears her name in recognition of her contribution to nursing education and her lifelong interest in nursing history.
|1930||Graduated Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing.|
|1935||Private duty nursing.|
|1938||Public health nursing, Brooklyn Visiting Nurse Service, Brooklyn, New York.|
|1940||Bachelor of Science, Columbia University, New York, New York. Educational Director, Bureau of Public Health Nursing, Manitoba Department of Health and Public Welfare, Winnipeg, Manitoba.|
|1946||Master of Arts, Columbia University, New York, New York.|
|1948||Professor and Director, School of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.|
|1962||Doctor of Education, Columbia University, New York, New York.|
|1963||Director, First Nursing Baccalaureate Program in Manitoba, University of Manitoba.|
|1967||Confederation Canada Centennial Medal.|
|1968||Honourary President, Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association.|
|1970||Manitoba Historical Society Centennial Medal.|
|1972||Honourary Membership, Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses. The Margaret Elder Hart Graduate Study Scholarship in Nursing established in the School of Nursing, The University of Manitoba.|
|1982||Professor Emeritus, The University of Manitoba.|
|1984||Honourary Memebership, Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing, Western Region.|
|1986||Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses Award for Excellence in Nursing Education.|
|1991||Margaret Elder Hart Distinguished Lecture Series established in the School of Nursing, The University of Manitoba.|
|1993||Doctor of Laws (honoris causa), The University of Manitoba.|
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