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Madeline Olga Weiss is a graduate of the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing. She received a B.S. in Nursing Education from the University of Pittsburgh and later an M.Litt. She also studied at the University of Pennsylvania, University of London, and the Menninger School of Psychiatric Nursing in Topeka, KS.
Weiss' professional career has been in the field of psychiatric nursing. In 1942 she entered the Army Nurse Crops and was separated from the service four years later with the rank of captain. During the period of her military service she was in charge of psychiatric units in various hospitals, served as chief nurse in a POW camp, and conducted courses in psychiatric nursing for Army nurses. At the close of World War II she became acting director of nurses at the Menninger Clinic and Hospital in Topeka, KS. While studying for her degrees at the University of Pittsburgh, Miss Weiss assisted in establishing the Children's Psychiatric Unit at Western Psychiatric Institutes and Clinics. Weiss has written numerous articles for the American Journal of Nursing and she has authored and co-authored a number of books on psychiatric nursing. In 1950, Weiss was the first nurse to receive the Mary M. Roberts Fellowship Award, presented by the American Journal of Nursing Company. In 1952 she accepted the position of Associate Editor of Nursing Outlook. Weiss has been active in the ANA, the NLN and the AHA.
Gift of Olga Weiss, 1988.
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