Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021 6:00p -
Online --Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
BOOK: The Untold Story of Annie McKay and the Boston Public School Nurses 1905-1988 -The Formation of the Massachusetts School Nurse Organization
WHAT: What parallels can we learn from 20th century Boston school nurses who managed contagious diseases like Polio, Spanish flu epidemic, and Scarlet Fever outbreaks?
Join author and school nurse historian Dorothy M. Keeney MA, BS, RN as she discusses online her new book about Boston’s first school nurse Annie McKay, and the critical role that 20th century nurses played to become today’s respected health professionals.
• By looking at the past, we can understand how key issues transformed doctors’ handmaidens to the in-school clinical health experts, caring for students and staff, plus advocates for disease prevention and health maintenance.
• In addition to disease outbreaks, the book explores societal challenges that school nurses confronted and successfully accomplished, such as recognition as an equal professional, defining their practice, a five-day workweek and pay equity with teachers.
WHO: Dorothy Keeney has over four decades of extensive nursing experience. For 20 years, she was a Boston public school nurse. She spent many years researching school nurses history, only to have her book launch coincide with a pandemic lockdown. Dorothy is the Massachusetts School Nurse Organization's former historian and the unofficial historian for the Boston school nurses. Her published articles about Boston school nursing history have appeared in the Boston Union Teacher and South End Historical Society Newsletter, and in publications of the American Association of the History of Nursing, and the Massachusetts School Nurse Organization.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 3, 6:00-7:00 PM
WHERE: Boston Public Library Author Talks online