JUDITH CHAVASSE: Visionary figure in world of Nursing
Judith Chavasse was a great advocate for, and leader of, nursing. As head of nursing in UCD, her achievements were many; principally she led the development of the art and science of nursing toward the recognition of the profession as an academic discipline in Ireland. From early diploma and degree programmes for post-registration nurses to the establishment of undergraduate degree programmes and later master’s programmes for nursing and midwifery and later again doctoral programmes, Judith sowed the seeds and provided inspiration to those who worked with her and succeeded her following her retirement. She was later awarded an honorary doctorate by Trinity College Dublin.
Judith was both a visionary and a great thinker: she never lost sight of the primary essence of nursing – caring for another. Out of that, the essence of nursing will be continually renewed by those who experienced her teaching and encouragement; for caring and practice are not static encounters, rather they continue through generations and are remembered and enhanced along the way.