How has nursing changed in the last 125 years?

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How has nursing changed in the last 125 years?

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


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


In a 1978 history of the United Oxford Hospitals, the Matron of the Radcliffe Infirmary from 1942 to 1965, Edith Preddy, is described as 'one of the last of the direct descendants of Florence Nightingale'.

Ann's lecture will consider what this meant, particularly for nurse training. The lecture will be in three parts; firstly exploring Nightingale's system of nurse training at St Thomas's Hospital, secondly it will consider the formalising of this system and its development under the General Nursing Council 1919-1977. Thirdly, Ann will draw out its relevance to modern nursing education.

"We realise that the finest, most fruitful work is done when the spirit of service is the energising force, and we would foster that spirit that we may not fall short of the great traditions of our predecessors." A Lloyd Still, Matron St Thomas's Hospital, 1921

About the speaker

DR ANN BRADSHAW - Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Oxford Brookes

Ann Bradshaw is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Oxford Brookes. She trained as a nurse in Oxford, working in the city as well as in Hackney, Nottingham and Bristol and specialised in medicine, surgery, oncology and hospice care. After completing a PhD on the spiritual dimension of nursing care, she held posts at the National Institute for Nursing and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) before joining Brookes.