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Lusakånå 100 years

Student's dread

12. Nov 2017 KL. 11:00 - 15:00

We mark the 100th anniversary of delousing nurses with a special event on 12 March. Join a school class from 1917, and meet a formidable lusakånå (Stig Roar Olsen)!

In the early 1900s, staying healthy and fit wasn’t just a private issue: it was a social duty. Children were an important target group in health-promoting initiatives, and schools were where many of these were carried out.

In Stavanger, the first nurse with responsibility for delousing pupils was hired in 1917. Up to the 1960s, we know of seven ‘lusakåner’ (‘lice women’). School nurses saw this work as the most unpleasant part of their job because it put children and mothers into painful and difficult situations. Many children dreaded being checked for lice, and the comedian Per Inge Torkelsen has written a humorous story about it based on experiences from his own childhood.

This illustrated story (in Norwegian) is available by the link on the right side of this page.

Lusakånå komme!

We mark the 100th anniversary of delousing nurses with a special event on 12 March. Join a school class from 1917, and meet a formidable lusakånå (Stig Roar Olsen)!

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