Lecture honours nursing pioneer

A new lecture series celebrating a University leader who impacted nursing around the world is to be launched.

The Elsie Stephenson Memorial Lecture takes place on Thursday 15 March at the Teviot Lecture Theatre.

The inaugural speaker will be Professor Fiona Ross, graduate of Nursing Studies at the University and dean of the faculty of health and social care sciences, Kingston University and St George’s University of London.

A nursing original

The lecture celebrates the work of Elsie Stephenson: midwife, nurse, pioneer. In 1956 she became the first Director of Nursing at the University of Edinburgh, the first department of its kind in Europe, holding the post until 1967.

Nursing Studies founded the memorial lecture in recognition of her visionary qualities, dynamism and her significant contribution to the development of the nursing profession on the world stage.

Professor Ross will discuss Stephenson’s legacy and look at nurse leaders in universities today.

Writer in residence

Continuing in its trailblazing spirit, Nursing Studies now has its first writer in residence.

Author Nicola White took up her post at the start of March after the department was granted a Leverhulme artist in residence award.

White was previously a curator at CCA and Tramway in Glasgow before producing documentaries for the BBC. She has had her short stories broadcast on Radio 4 and in 2008 won the Scottish New Writer Award.

Doctors write, but nurses don't to the same degree. Is it down to their selflessness, or something else? I want to become nurses' scribes and collect their stories from around Scotland. I’m interested in the whole idea of care and empathy, and stories of the healing process.

Nicola WhiteNursing studies writer in residence

The project will culminate in 10 months time with a publication. White will also give writing workshops to nurses and nursing students.

Elsie Stephenson Memorial Lecture

Tickets are free but limited to two per person

Thursday 15 March 2012, 6.15pm

Thursday 15 March 2012, 7.30pm

Teviot Lecture Theatre, Doorway 5, Old Medical School Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG

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