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Elinor B. Caddell, 2017 August 23

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Identifier: OH-UA-CA0164

Scope and Contents

Charlotte native, Elinor Caddell, one of the founding faculty members of the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing, recalls her career in nursing education and how the profession has evolved over the years. Ms. Caddell recalls entering the newly created Charlotte Memorial School of Nursing in 1941 as a seventeen year-old student and how World War II influenced many people to enter the field of nursing. After graduating, she studied to get a B.S. in Nursing Education at Duke University, where she worked closely with Mrs. Edith Brocker who later became UNC Charlotte School of Nursing's first dean. Upon completion of the baccalaureate program, Ms. Caddell returned to Charlotte Memorial School of Nursing to teach, and later joined Mrs. Brocker to spearhead the nursing program at UNC Charlotte in 1965. Ms. Caddell recalls how she recruited registered nurses to become enrolled in the baccalaureate nursing program and how she developed an outreach program that allowed UNC Charlotte students to receive additional nursing education at UNC Chapel Hill. Ms. Caddell also developed the masters degree in nursing at UNC Charlotte, where she taught until 1989. Ms. Caddell concludes by reflecting on how she misses being an educator and how proud she is of her former students.

Dates

  • 2017 August 23

Language of Materials

From the Collection: The material is in English

Conditions Governing Access

Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Please contact Special Collections to request the creation of use copies for particular items; requests will be accommodated when possible. The remaining materials are open for research.

Biographical Note

Elinor Caddell was a 94-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at Plantation Estates in Matthews, North Carolina. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia in December 1922. She was educated at Charlotte Memorial School of Nursing and Duke University and was employed as a nurse and faculty member at UNC Charlotte School of Nursing and Duke University School of Nursing. Elinor Caddell was a 94-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at Plantation Estates in Matthews, North Carolina.. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1922. She was educated at Charlotte Memorial School of Nursing where she was in the first graduating class, and Duke University School of Nursing where she earned an M.S. in Nursing Education in 1960, which was also the first graduating class. She was employed as a nurse at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, as a faculty member at Duke University School of Nursing, and as a founding faculty member of UNC Charlotte School of Nursing.

Extent

59 Minutes

Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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