October 1, 2003
How to Cite
Cohen, Yolande, and Esther Lamontagne. 2003. “Les Soeurs Grises à l’Université De Montréal, 1923-1947 : De”. Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire De l’éducation 15 (2), 273-97. https://doi.org/10.32316/hse/rhe.v15i2.456.
This article presents the role of the Grey Nuns in the
development of the teaching of nursing in Quebec universities.
The authors analyze the processes which have led to the
formalization of this discipline through the examination of
their archives and those of the Faculty of Nursing Science of
the Université de Montréal. They reveal the transfer of
practical knowledge that Grey Nuns have acquired as
administrators in the major hospitals of the country to
theoretical knowledge which is essential to the establishment of
nursing as a science. In this manner, the Grey Nuns have also
been involved in the process of secularization of health care
while confirming their irrevocable tie to Catholic
methodologies. Thus emerges a model of care as the structural
element of hospital organization resisting the multiple
transformations in the health care field in the period following
the First World War. Furthermore, in relation to other works,
the importance of this model is highlighted as well as its
continuance in the educational and health care system in spite
of the democratization and secularization movement in the 1970s.