Nurse training and professional education 1935-1947; Red Cross work 1944-1967; Chief Nursing Officer posts 1948-1956; professional activities 1949-1967; personal papers 1934-1967; professional interests 1937-1959; nursing history and practice 1902-1967; publications 1937-1962; Bill Gardner's files 1918-1968; photographs
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Elsie Stephenson trained as a State Registered Nurse, Midwife, Fever Nurse and Health Visitor in England 1935-1942. She undertook war work in Egypt, North Italy, Germany and Yugoslavia 1944-1946; she was Deputy Chief Matron British Red Cross Society 1947-1948, and Chief Nursing officer in East Suffolk and Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1948-1956. She became first director of what became known as the Nursing Studies Unit (1956) and later of the Department of Nursing at University of Edinburgh (1965), and had numerous special appointments and honours.
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Department of Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, 1982
Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists
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Allan, Sheila. Fear not to sow: the story of Elsie Stephenson, first director of university nursing studies in Europe. Cornwall: Patten Press, 1990.