Florence Nightingale and the stormy start to professional nursing in Oxford

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Florence Nightingale and the stormy start to professional nursing in Oxford

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Jane Ashley Lecture Theatre, Marston Road Campus, Headington Campus, Marston Road site


Oxford’s Radcliffe Infirmary was late in accepting professional, trained nursing. Not until 1891 was a trained matron appointed, the able Flora Masson who was coached and mentored by Florence Nightingale. Masson’s years at the Radcliffe were stressful as described in numerous letters to and meetings with Nightingale. By 1897 she had enough and resigned. In this lecture, Lynn will describe how Nightingale got appointments for matrons and supported them when under attack by hospital authorities – as you will hear, the Radcliffe example is far from the worst.


About the speaker

PROFESSOR LYNN McDONALD - Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Guelph, Ontario

Lynn McDonald did her PhD at the London School of Economics  and has an honorary LLD (York University, Ontario). She is the director of the 6-volume Collected Works of Florence Nightingale (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2001-2012) and a short paperback, Florence Nightingale at First Hand (Continuum, 2010) which gives highlights from the series. Lynn also served as a Canadian MP, authoring the groundbreaking on-smokers’
Health Act, 1988, the first national legislation in the world on smoke-free work and public places.