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MacLeod, Charlotte (1852–1950)

MacLeod, Charlotte (1852–1950)

Canadian nurse. Born Nov 11, 1852, in New Brunswick, Canada; died Oct 21, 1950.

The 1st chief superintendent of Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) in Canada, pursued a teaching career for 15 years before becoming a nurse; graduated from Waltham Training School for Nurses in Waltham, MA (1891); began studying nurse education in Britain (1896), where she met with Florence Nightingale; at Waltham School, created 1st home nursing course in US, which became the foundation of the public health nursing education field; invited by Canada's Lady Aberdeen to create the 1st Canadian visiting nursing service (1898), founded VON; traveled for over 6 years to establish VON district offices across Canada; returned to MA (1906) to form and direct the Boston Instructive Visiting Nurses Association's Training School for Visiting Nurses; led and helped the Brattleboro Mutual Aid Association's Training School for Attendants in Vermont (1909–12); had several short-term positions as superintendent and acting matron at various institutions (1913–14); retired to Winchendon, MA (1917).

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