A woman who gave everything nursing those under her care a century ago was remembered today at the Registered Nurses’ Union convention.
A teacher by trade, Ethel Dickinson volunteer to nurse patients suffering from the Spanish Flu in 1918 during the influenza pandemic that killed up to 100-million people worldwide.
President of @RNU_NL Debbie Forward lays a wreath at the memorial to Ethel Dickenson, a nurse who treated patients with the Spanish Flu before contracting and dying of the flu herself.
A patron saint for these nurses, demanding more resources and staffing. pic.twitter.com/sYCrtyF9ou
— Andrew Hawthorn (@hawthornandrewj) November 7, 2018
Dickinson treated those suffering until she contracted the flu herself from her work, and died shortly after.
Today RNU President Debbie Forward laid a wreath at the memorial to Dickinson at Cavandish Square in St. John’s. Forward says that her story speaks to Registered Nurses today.