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1987 Val Dixon: "The lighted candle" - profile of Jacqueline O'Brien, Northern Perspective 10/2 Darwin Institute of Technology

Title : 1987 Val Dixon: "The lighted candle" - profile of Jacqueline O'Brien, Northern Perspective 10/2 Darwin Institute of Technology
Accession ID : PM2009.233


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Item Name 1987 Val Dixon: "The lighted candle" - profile of Jacqueline O'Brien, Northern Perspective 10/2 Darwin Institute of Technology
Description The Lighted Candle:- A Profile of Jacqueline O'Brien OAM. Northern Perspective Vol 10 No 2. Darwin Institute of Tecnology.
Materials paper copy 9 pages
Item Dates 1987
Importance Local
Significance note Val Dixon: “The lighted candle” – a profile of Jacqueline O’Brien Northern Perspective 10/2 1987, Darwin Institute of technology CDU Nursing Museum [Catalogue Number PM233 / PM Folder 8] This article about Jacqueline O’Brien née Seale by Val Dixon was written as pre-service nursing education was transferring from hospital to tertiary education sector and published 1987 as the first tertiary pre-service nursing program commenced at the Darwin Institute of Technology. Jaci affirms her support for the transfer being ‘long overdue’ and aware of ‘the historical significance of the move and the events which led to it’. A local girl born in the original Palmerston Hospital overlooking Doctor’s Gully in 1926 and from her own research over the years, she has good understanding of how a nursing career was not for faint-hearted and remained so in her own era of training in the late-1940s. After local primary school and in the absence of any local secondary schooling, Jaci was sent to boarding school in the South. Initially traveling via Burns Philp ships, the travel time was shortened to two with flying boats in 1939. She was unable to return home in 1941 due to the worsening war situation. P673 – With a friend 1965 There is discussion of her southern hospital training and nursing years prior to return north in 1950. Darwin Hospital development and changing service conditions for nurse-trainees are outlined until Jaci herself made history up-grading the local program in 1965. Darwin Hospital was now in the lead with a modern nursing education program for a changing world. She was part of changing nurse regulation, serving many years on the NT nursing authority. Jaci at 89 years continues to contribute to nursing, working as a Nursing Museum volunteer. The changes to nursing education and the conditions under which nurses now work and study in the Territory are due in no small way to the efforts of Jacqueline O’Brien whose knowledge of the country and the needs of its people has been invaluable in moulding a frontier type medical service into one which is comparable to any in Australia.[Val Dixon] P505 – at work in the Nursing Museum The original journal containing this article is not in the collection, only a photocopy on acid-free paper is filed which is in good condition.
Location Status Stored
Current Location PM Folder 8
Source or Donor O'BRIEN Jaci
Condition of Item on Receipt Good
Dimensions A4
 
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