Godfrey, Joan Estelle, (OBE) (1922-)

Also known as
Godfrey, Joan Estelle (1922-)
Field of activity
Nurse; Nurse educator; Historian; Author
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1473629

Biographies

In her nursing career Joan Godfrey has been a strong and outspoken advocate for improved standards in education and greater development for nurses.

Joan Godfrey had numerous memorable experiences during clinical practice whilst in training and thereafter. Her experience led to a concern for the welfare and status of nurses. All her professional life she worked with others to achieve professional status for nurses and improved educational and working conditions. She turned to education as the means to bring about change for nurses and taught at pre registration and post registration levels.

She developed considerable expertise in the field of nursing education gaining a high reputation amongst the nursing profession, in Queensland and beyond, as an educator. In 1960 when the then College of Nursing, Australia, expanded its operations to include a Queensland branch, Dr Godfrey was appointed as Staff Tutor. At this time she was also involved in the recruitment for enrolment in both short and long courses at the Branch, and conducting short courses in country areas throughout the State. She worked closely with the then Director of the College, Patricia Chomley, a leading pioneer in the cause of post basic education for nurses, to introduce "post graduate" studies in Queensland. Dr Godfrey was a major contributor in the development of College model for delivering post basic education to nurses.

Within five years Dr Godfrey was the appointed Principal of the Queensland branch of the College and took the opportunity to increase the number of graduates from Queensland and to assist others trying to improve the standards of nurse education. These activities were to culminate in the incorporation of the Queensland Branch of the College of Nursing, Australia into the Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT), later to become the Queensland University of Technology. Dr Godfrey became the Foundation Head of Nursing Studies in QIT and laid the foundations in post basic studies for nurses for others to build on.

A believer in life long learning she commenced university studies at the age of 40 as a part time student at the University of Queensland and then subsequently utilized her studies for the benefit of nurses.

Dr Godfrey was active in the life of the nursing profession and "made significant contributions to nursing education as a member of many statutory authorities and committees. She was involved at both State and national level with the concerns of major nursing organisations" such as the Florence Nightingale Committee, the Royal Australian Nursing Federation (now the Australian Nursing Federation) and the Royal College of Nursing, Australia. She served as President of the then College of Nursing, Australia in 1982-83 and served in the role of Censor-in-Chief for the 13 years from 1979-1992. At the College's invitation she gave the twenty fifth Patricia Chomley oration titled in 1991 at the annual meeting of RCNA in Brisbane. In recognition of her contribution to the life of the College she was awarded its highest honour, an Honorary Fellowship of the College, in 1993.

In retirement she was able to give more time to developing her interest in nursing history and collaborated with Bartz Schultz in 15 years of meticulous research and writing the seminal history of nursing in Australia in two volumes titled volumes one and two. Her contribution to the discipline of nursing was recognised with an honorary doctorate conferred by the Queensland University of Technology in 1994. Her service to nursing was recognised by the Queen with the award of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1984.

  • Career position - Army service in the Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS), Australian Imperial Force
  • Career position - Member of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation
  • Education - General Nursing Certificate completed at the Greenslopes Military Hospital/Cairns Base Hospital
  • Education - Midwifery Certificate completed at the Ryde District Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Sydney
  • Career position - Sister Tutor at Brisbane Hospital
  • Education - Mothercraft and Infant Welfare Certificate completed in Karitane, Sydney
  • Career position - Sister-in-charge of the Orthopaedic Ward at Brisbane Hospital
  • Award - Florence Nightingale Scholarship received
  • Education - Diploma in Nursing Education completed at the College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - Council member at the Royal Australian Nursing Federation, Queensland branch
  • Career position - Honorary Secretary of the Queensland State Committee (Queensland Chapter) of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - Nurse Educator at Brisbane Hospital
  • Career position - Committee member on the Florence Nightingale Committee of Australia, Queensland branch
  • Career position - Member of the Florence Nightingale International Nurses' Association
  • Career position - Committee member of the Queensland State Committee of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - Honorary Secretary of Nurse Educators' Section at the Royal Australian Nursing Federation, Queensland branch
  • Career position - Member of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps Reserve of Officers
  • Career position - Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - Staff Tutor at College of Nursing, Australia, Queensland branch
  • Career position - Examiner on the Nurses Registration Board
  • Career position - Chairman of the Nurse Educators' Section at the Royal Australian Nursing Federation, Queensland branch
  • Career position - Branch Principal of the College of Nursing, Australia, Queensland branch
  • Career position - Member of the Education Committee of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - Member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Nursing Education at the International Council of Nurses
  • Career position - Member of the Committee of Inquiry into Nurse Education in Queensland at the Royal Australian Nursing Federation, Queensland branch
  • Career position - Vice-President of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation, Queensland branch
  • Career position - Federal Councillor at the Royal Australian Nursing Federation (now Australian Nursing Federation)
  • Career position - Charter Member of the Zonta Club of Brisbane
  • Career position - Chairman of the Queensland State Committee of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - President of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation - Queensland branch
  • Career position - Member of the Australian College of Education
  • Career position - Member of the Professional Development Committee at the Royal Australian Nursing Federation (now Australian Nursing Federation)
  • Career position - Chairman of the Working Party on Nursing Education in Queensland of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - Faculty Representative on the Council of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - Member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee at the Nurses' Board of Queensland
  • Career position - Member of the Nursing Advisory Committee to the Board of Advanced Education
  • Career position - Chairman of the Queensland Task Force on Goals in Nursing Education at the Royal Australian Nursing Federation, Queensland branch
  • Career position - Member of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration
  • Career position - Member of the Board of Nursing Studies
  • Career position - Fellow of the New South Wales College of Nursing
  • Career position - Member of the Health Education Sub Committee of the Social Science Course Assessment Committee of the Board of Advanced Education
  • Career position - Member of the Censors Board at the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - Member of the Curriculum Steering Committee of the Board of Nursing Studies
  • Career position - Chairman of the Nursing Research Committee at the Board of Nursing Studies
  • Career position - Elected member of the Council of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - Member of the Academic Assembly at Queensland Institute of Technology
  • Career position - Chairman of the Nursing Studies Advisory Committee at Queensland Institute of Technology
  • Career position - Member of the Health Science Academic Board at Queensland Institute of Technology
  • Career position - Foundation Head of the Department of Nursing Studies at Queensland Institute of Technology
  • Career position - Member of the working group appointed by the Minister for Health to report on the Sax Committee Report on Nurse Education and Training
  • Career position - Advisor to National Steering Committee on Goals in Nursing Education at the Royal Australian Nursing Federation (now Australian Nursing Federation)
  • Career position - Member of the Executive Committee of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia Queensland State Committee (Queensland Chapter)
  • Career position - Member of the Council Executive Committee of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - Charter Member of the Zonta Club of Brisbane
  • Career position - Member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority
  • Career position - Chairman of the Education Committee at the Board of Nursing Studies
  • Career position - Member of the Course Assessment Committee for Nursing Courses with the Tertiary Education Authority of South Australia
  • Career position - Vice-President of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - President of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Career position - Chairman of the Council Executive Committee of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • Career position - Member of the joint working party of Board of Advanced Education and Board of Nursing Studies on Future Developments on Nurse Education in Queensland
  • Career position - President of Alpha Delta Kappa (Alpha Chapter) in Brisbane
  • Career position - Treasurer of the Zonta Club of Brisbane
  • Career position - Consultant on Nursing Education
  • Award - Distinguished Nursing Service Award received
  • Award - Honorary Fellowship received from the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Award - Doctor of the University received from Queensland University of Technology
  • Award - Clarice Mary Gately Mater Distinguished Nursing Award received

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Godfrey, Joan Estelle
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003

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