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Queen’s Nursing Institute named the world’s oldest nursing charity

QNI ‘delighted’ to receive certification after 132 years of service
Picture of district nurse in 1895

QNI delighted to receive certification after 132 years of service

The Queens Nursing Institute (QNI) has been named the worlds oldest nursing charity by Guinness World Records.

After 132 years of supporting nurses in the community, the charitys record was verified on 5 July, following a nine-month application process.

The QNI received its certificate in September, and today said it was delighted to make the news public.

Marking an industrious history

QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman said: William Rathbone and Florence Nightingale determined that nurses who worked in homes and communities required specialist education and training to do their work, to work autonomously, and to manage the risk for both themselves as Queens nurses and the communities that they served.

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QNI ‘delighted’ to receive certification after 132 years of service


Photograph from the Queen’s Nursing Institute’s archive of district nurse Jenny Wolfe,
Gloucestershire, 1895. 

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has been named the world’s oldest nursing charity by Guinness World Records.

After 132 years of supporting nurses in the community, the charity’s record was verified on 5 July, following a nine-month application process.

The QNI received its certificate in September, and today said it was ‘delighted’ to make the news public.  

Marking an industrious history

QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman said: ‘William Rathbone and Florence Nightingale determined that nurses who worked in homes and communities required specialist education and training to do their work, to work autonomously, and to manage the risk for both themselves as Queen’s nurses and the communities that they served.’

In 1887, the QNI was established after Queen Victoria granted the charity £70,000 from the Women’s Jubilee Fund. The organisation’s objectives were to provide the ‘training, support, maintenance and supply’ of nurses for the sick poor, as well as establishing training homes and supervising centres.

Dr Oldman said these objectives are still adhered to today, ‘supporting the same mission for best care in the community’. 

Providing innovative care and influencing policymakers

The charity supports community nurses through a national network of Queen’s nurses.

It funds nurses’ own ideas to improve patient care, campaigns for investment in community nursing services, publishes research into nursing practice, links up working and retired nurses for regular telephone contact, and works to influence government, policymakers and employers.


Further information

The QNI’s heritage website


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