Daisy Caroline Bridges(1894-1972), General Secretary, International Council of Nurses
Sitter in 4 portraits
Bridges served with the British Red Cross during the First World War, before training as a nurse and midwife. She worked at St Thomas’s Hospital in London for a decade as a ward sister, home sister and night superintendent. In 1937 a Rockefeller fellowship in nursing took her to the United States and Canada. During the Second World War she worked in India, Egypt and France and was awarded the Royal Red Cross for service in the Middle East. Between 1947 and 1948, Bridges was president of the National Council of Nurses of Great Britain, advising on the recruitment and training of nurses. As General Secretary of the International Council of Nurses, Bridges travelled the world visiting hospitals, overseeing nursing exchange programmes. Her contributions to international nursing were recognised with the Florence Nightingale Medal in 1953 and a CBE in 1954. She published ‘History of the International Council of Nurses, 1899-1964’ in 1967.
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