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Wanted: Educated women of culture

RCN History of Nursing Society annual lecture

14 Mar 2019 18:00 - 20:00

20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN


The Recruitment of British Nurse Superintendents to Philadelphia, 1870 – 1920.

During the late nineteenth century, hospital trustees in Philadelphia actively recruited British nurse superintendents to administer their newly established hospitals and nurse training schools, in an attempt to raise the status of their institutions. The British nurses who responded varied in both the experiences they encountered and the degree to which they achieved success. Through the presentation of biographies of some of the British nurses recruited to Philadelphia, Karen Egenes describes the nurses' motivations, challenges faced, tactics employed, and legacy.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception from 8-9pm.

Doors open at 6pm, and the event starts at 6.30. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception from 8-9pm.


The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a hearing loop in the lecture room and this event will be live subtitled with Speech-to-text reporting. We can offer large print copies of presentations if requested at least a week before the event. Assistance dogs are welcome.

If you have any other needs, please email us at and we will assist you wherever possible.

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The RCN Public Lecture series is funded by the RCN Foundation. The RCN Foundation supports the needs of nurses, midwives and health care assistants as well as nursing students. As a registered charity we help individuals to develop their practice so that they can provide the very best possible advice, support and care to patients.


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20 Cavendish Square

20 Cavendish Square is located behind John Lewis, Oxford Street.


The nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.


There are many buses routes that stop nearby, including the 10, 25, 55, 73, 98 and 390.

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