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Bergljot Larsson




Pioneer and leader of Norwegian nursing


Bergljot Larsson (1883-1968) established the Norwegian Nursing Association (NNA) and was its leader for 23 years.  She took great part in the modernization of Norwegian nursing, especially in the time between the great world wars. 

As a young nurse Bergljot Larsson went abroad to study nursing.  After a two years stay in Edinburgh, from 1909 to 1911, she came back to Norway highly influenced and inspired by the progresses  she had experienced both in British nursing and in the women’s liberation. On 24th of September 1912 she called in "sisters" from the whole of Norway to discuss the establishment of an association for educated nurses.  Few hours after the meeting took place, the Norwegian Nursing Association was in existence, one of the last nursing associations in Scandinavia.  Both Finland, Denmark and Sweden had established their organisations at that time.

Bergljot Larsson was a was a leader highly enthusiastic about the ideas of the time, and with great belief in progress and a better society.   Her great vision was to make   nursing an active and significant part of the modernization process. In her efforts to fortify Norwegian nursing, she made education her main strategy.  She considered education  the most important mean to make nurses professional contributors to societies' progress. Her struggle for  a united three years education for all nurses together with her initiative to establish courses for graduate nurses, were Bergljot Larssons most significant enterprises.  She was also considerably internationally orientated, and participated in the development of Scandinavian as well as of international nursing.


* Source: Bergljot Larsson and modern nursing, thesis  written by Sigrun Hvalvik, Associate Professor, Telemark University College, Faculty of Health and Social Studies.

  • Sigrun Hvalvik -  Avhandlingstema: "Kalt til pionerarbeid": Bergljot Larsson. En historisk biografisk studie av Bergljot Larsson og hennes betydning for den sykepleien i Norge.

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