Ponoka is historically significant for its role in the emergence of psychiatric nursing as a specialty. In 1930, it became home to the first formal mental health nurse training program in Canada.1 By 1949, all general nurses trained in psychiatry in Alberta did so at the Ponoka institution.2.
1. Leslie Baker, Geertje Boschma, Michael Burtt, Dominic Dagenais, and Megan Davies. “After the Asylum.” aftertheasylum.apps01.yorku.ca. Accessed July 17, 2017. http://aftertheasylum.apps01.yorku.ca/en/deinstitutionalizationPostcards/Ponoka