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Nursing After the War


Plaque to Edith Cavell, The Royal London Hospital at Whitechapel

Edith Cavell was a pioneer whose contributions to the profession of nursing in Belgium cannot be understated. Nursing in Belgium, much like the rest of continental Europe, had previously been the occupation of nuns. The new professional schools that blossomed after Cavell's death owe their existence in large part to her Clinique. She successfully ran the model institution that later schools in the country would be based upon.  

The Clinique itself continued to grow after Cavell’s death. The need for additional trained nurses became more pressing as Belgium’s medical infrastructure expanded. By the mid-1930s it had become the University School of Nursing at Brussels, and was renowned as a first class institution capable of producing high quality nurses (The University School of Nursing).