RCN centenary celebrations at London's City Hall

London’s nurse leaders gathered at City Hall for a special event to mark the RCN's centenary.

London’s nurse leaders gathered at City Hall for a special event to mark the RCN's centenary.

Floella Benjamin
Baroness Floella Benjamin speaking at the event at City Hall

The event, which took place on November 28, included a special commemoration of some of RCN London’s longest serving members. A presentation will was made to Sheila Franks, a nurse living in west London who first joined the RCN in 1946.

Speakers RCN chief executive Janet Davies, RCN president and London member Cecilia Anim, who was re-elected for a second term in November, and Baroness Floella Benjamin.

The RCN has a 59,000-strong membership in London.

Baroness Benjamin said: 'Since 1916 the role of nursing has evolved and developed and nurses are now central to all types of health care. The RCN has been at the heart that evolution. 

Celebrating the nursing community

'We must cherish and celebrate the nursing community who do so much to care for London’s patients in every imaginable setting all across the city and beyond.'

RCN London Regional Director Bernell Bussue said: 'London nurses are drawn from all communities at home and abroad and, though the profession today faces many challenges, it remains an engaging and rewarding career.

'I want to offer my thanks, on behalf of the RCN, to all the nursing staff working day in day out, all year round, to provide the best possible care to London’s patients.'

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