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Nurses long been heroes 2020 is International Year of the Nurse and Midwife (St. Vincent’s Hospital)

Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Vernon Jubilee Hospital nurses in 1915. (Photo credit:

With nurses, and other health care workers, putting their health on the line during the COVID-19 crisis, it is fitting that 2020 be the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

And World Health Day on April 7, provides the chance to celebrate their work.

The stories of three remarkable Vernon women — Dorothy D’Arcy, Lillian Thom, and Sharon Dawe — demonstrate just how much health care workers around the world sacrifice on a daily basis to serve others.

D’Arcy retired in 1926 when she married, but returned to nursing during the Second World War, when St. Vincent’s Hospital in Vancouver was in great need of nurses. D’Arcy nursed patients through some of the worst health crises the world has seen, including influenza, tuberculosis and typhoid epidemics. 

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