RCN centenary

Everything changes… and nothing changes

The issues facing nurses in 2016 are very similar to those seen a century ago
 

The issues facing nurses in 2016 are very similar to those seen a century ago.

Abstract

The name Sarah Swift may mean little to you, but she played a pivotal role in the development of modern nursing. One hundred years ago she founded the College of Nursing, which went on to become the RCN, now firmly established as the world’s largest professional nursing organisation.

The RCN will be celebrating its centenary throughout 2016 and Nursing Standard will be playing its part by looking back at the past century, and forward to the next. We begin with a potted history of the college, which starts with a meeting arranged by Miss Swift and the MP Arthur Stanley. This involved around 30 hospital matrons who would become the organisation’s founding members.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 19

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