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S. Lillian Clayton papers


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(Sarah) Lillian Clayton was an 1896 graduate of the Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) Training School of Nursing. Her early work included private duty nursing, and special training to become a missionary nurse. After abandoning her dream of missionary work, she completed a post graduate course at Teachers College, Columbia University and began a distinguished career in nursing education and supervision. She served in various positions before returning to PGH.

Clayton was an advocate of the individual student. She was a crusader for using staff nurses instead of students, allowing students a pre-clinical period in their education and expanding the traditional diploma school curriculum to include clinical experiences outside the hospital.

A national leader in nursing she served as president of National League for Nursing Education from 1917-20, was on the Board of Directors of the American Journal of Nursing, served on National Council of National Defense, Red Cross Nursing Service and the Pennsylvania Board of Nurse Examiners. She also served as chair of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Committee on Ethical Standards, which wrote a Code of Ethics for Nurses. Finally she was president of ANA for two terms though she died just before her term was completed in May 1930.

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International Council of Nurses (ICN) Proposed program and notes S.L. Clayton Agenda, 1929.
American Nurses Association (ANA) report to ICN, 1929.
ICN Reports from Sweden, Korea, Yugoslavia, Philippines, Italy, Brazil, Holland, Finland.
ICN Japan Nurses Association, Constitution and Bylaws.
ICN Correspondence, 1927-1929.
ANA Report of 6th ICN meeting, July 2-13, 1929.
ANA Radio talk “When You Need a Nurse” May 8th 1928, May 1928, Oct 1929.
ICN Report on Interim meeting, July 25-31, 1927.
ICN U.S. as an Affiliated Organization, 1929.
International Hospital Congress correspondence and International executive Committee, 1928.
ANA Relief fund, 1929.
ANA Report to ICN, 1925-1929.
ANA Misc. correspondence, 1929-30.
ICN Editorial M. Adelaide Nutting Nursing Education, various countries, 1924.
ICN Bulletin #I, 1924.
ICN Bulletin #III, 1924.

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