Natalie T.

Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

South Shore Regional School Board

First World War Canadian Nursing sisters

My project is on the Nursing Sisters of World War One and how they helped Canada’s war effort during the war. These women were very dedicated people, during the war, they need more credit than they have received and my project helps people understand what they did each day.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing that I have learned about my topic is that in the nurses free time they played games and sports such as tennis, soccer and tag, the nurses also gave gifts to fellow nursing sisters on Christmas and their birthdays.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I have learned that these women were not just nurses they were true Canadians. They were not there to wrap up a wound or do a little operation and they were very brave people who had risked their lives of others during the two World Wars (but mine just looks at the First World War). I would like people to appreciate these women for what they did and how they helped Canada's war effort. The lessons that I have learned while studying this topic from the nursing sisters little mistakes: NEVER put hydrogen peroxide in your eyes or mouth.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Compared to hospitals now, theirs were cold and often times wet with a leak or two in the roof (their hospitals were most of the time a small church or a ward tent). The hospital now are nice inside and warm with food being supplied for free. My life is easy with technology and the internet to help me find stuff they had to learn the hard way and try it for their self.