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Lisbeth Hockey

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Repository:Royal College of Nursing
Title:Lisbeth Hockey
Extent:7 boxes
Scope:Material relating to the life and work of Lisbeth Hockey (some material in Swedish, French and German), including: personal material such as certificates, correspondence, miscellaneous papers, obituaries, biographical material and press-cuttings about Lisbeth Hockey; papers, speeches and articles by Lisbeth Hockey; material relating to Lisbeth Hockey's role at the Nursing Research Unit; material relating to Lisbeth Hockey's role at the Queen's Nursing Institute; working files; material relating to awards and honours received by Lisbeth Hockey; photographs, oral history interviews and other recordings; badges and objects. 1936-2004.
Bioghist:Lisbeth Hockey was born Lisbeth Hochsinger in 1918 in Graz, Austria. In 1936 she started studying Medicine, (her ambition was to become a GP) at the University of Graz but was forced to leave both her studies and Austria in 1938 due to Hitler's invasion of Austria and the resulting political situation. She came to England and initially worked as a governess. To her disappointment she could not continue her medical studies in England as she was a woman, was not a British Subject, knew no English and had no money, so she decided to train as a nurse. Lisbeth Hockey started her General Nurse training at The London Hospital in 1939. However, during WW2 she was evacuated to a hospital on the coast in Essex and after a directive from the Government that non-British nurses should not nurse prisoners of war (a possibility at the hospital where she was training), she was once again forced to break with her training.Lisbeth was however allowed to do Fever Nurse training as it was considered dangerous. She trained at Muswell Hill and qualified as a Fever Nurse in 1942. She later completed her General Nurse training at Watford Memorial Hospital in 1945. Her dissatisfaction with some elements of hospital nursing and her love of spending time with her patients led her to go on to train first as a Midwife (1946), then as a District Nurse (appointed Queen's Nurse 1947) and finally as a Health Visitor (1950). For a while she worked as a 'triple-duty worker' - fulfilling the roles of Midwife, District Nurse and Health Visitor all in one - in a rural area in Essex. It was one of the happiest times of her life. Between 1950 and 1953 Lisbeth Hockey worked as a Health Visitor and School Nurse in Ilford, Essex, later going on to work as a tutor to District Nurses and Health Visitors, and then as the Administrator of the North London District Nursing Service. She took her Health Visitor Tutor's certificate at the Royal College of Nursing 1959-1960.Lisbeth Hockey was appointed to the headquarters of the Queen's Institute of District Nursing (QIDN) c1962-1963, initially as a tutor, her role being to organise and consolidate district nurse training. Her questioning nature made her keen to determine whether the syllabus for district nurse training was actually still appropriate and providing nurses with the skills they needed, and so she undertook a national survey into District Nurse training. This whetted her appetite for more research and also opened the eyes of the QIDN to the potential value of nursing research. As a result, they took the decision to appoint Lisbeth as a Research Officer in 1964 and established the first department of community nursing research in the UK. It launched Lisbeth's research career and she held the post until 1971. Whilst at QIDN she undertook ground-breaking research studies, publishing a number of important reports on her findings, notably 'Feeling the Pulse' in 1966. Whilst working at the QIDN she enrolled a the London School of Economics and Political Science (L.S.E.) on an evening course in statistics. She later went on to take the BSc. Econ in Economics, again as an evening student, which she was awarded in 1970 (presented in 1971) after five years study, a huge achievement at a time when few nurses went to university.Her interest in research came to the attention of others and when Margaret Scott-Wright envisaged the idea of a Nursing Research Unit at the University of Edinburgh, she encouraged Lisbeth to apply to the post of Director of the Unit. The post was funded by the Scottish Home and Health Department (SHHD). The Unit was the first nursing research unit in a European University. Lisbeth and her team at the Unit's first study was 'Women in Nursing' (published 1976) and later they also carried out research under the theme of communication in nursing. Whilst at the Nursing Research Unit, Lisbeth wrote many articles on nursing research and travelled abroad on a more regular basis to present papers and to hold seminars and workshops, making an international name for both herself and the Unit she headed. In 1979 she completed her PhD (from the City University, London) and was also invested with the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her contribution to nursing research. She received a host of other awards and honours throughout her later career including an Hon. LL.D from Alberta University, Canada (1980), an Hon. MD in Medicine at the University of Uppsala (1985), and an Hon. DSc. from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh (1995). She also was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing (1978) and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners (1982). In 2000 she received the Queen's Nursing Institute Gold Medal of Honour for her lifetime achievement and contribution to community health nursing.Lisbeth Hockey officially retired from the Nursing Research Unit in 1982. Long into retirement she continued to contribute to nursing, by sitting on committees, boards and working groups, supervising PhD students, and writing and presenting papers. She was also strongly involved in her local community and church in Edinburgh.Lisbeth Hockey died on the 15th June 2004, aged 85. She was one of the best known and respected nurse researchers in the world and made a huge difference to the credibility and perception of nursing research. She inspired a new generation of nurses to question practice, to have a critical eye, to conduct research and by doing so gain new knowledge which would ultimately benefit patient care and the nursing profession as a whole.
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Origination:Dr. Lisbeth Hockey
Related Material:
C/300/1/ - Personal material
C/300/2/ - Articles, conference papers, speeches (including drafts) and material relating to publications
C/300/3/ - Nursing Research Unit
C/300/4/ - Queen's Nursing Institute
C/300/5/ - Working files
C/300/6/ - Awards and Honours
C/300/7/ - Photographs
C/300/8/ - Oral history interviews and other recordings
C/300/9/ - Badges
C/300/10/ - Objects
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