Jewish refugees and the British nursing profession

A gendered opportunity

By Jane Brooks

Jewish refugees and the British nursing profession
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  • ISBN: 9781526167422
  • Publish Date: May 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    This book follows the lives of female Jewish refugees who fled Nazi persecution and became nurses. Nursing was nominally a profession but with its poor pay and harsh discipline, it was unpopular with British women. In the years preceding the Second World War, hospitals in Britain suffered chronic nurse staffing crises. As the country faced inevitable war, the Government and the profession's elite courted refugees as an antidote to the shortages, but many hospitals refused to employ Continental Jews.

    The book explores the changes in the refugees' status and lives from the war years to the foundation of the National Health Service and to the latter decades of the twentieth century. It places the refugees at the forefront of manoeuvres in nursing practice, education and research at a time of social upheaval and alterations in the position of women.


    Introduction - Nursing: Gender, migration and opportunity
    Chapter 1 - Escape
    Chapter 2 - The nursing world
    Chapter 3 - War nurse
    Chapter 4 - From the post-war world to a nursing legacy


    Jane Brooks is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Manchester

    Jewish refugees and the British nursing profession

    By Jane Brooks

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