Pioneering Women for a Pioneering Act: RCN Fellows Lecture

Date / time: 5 November, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Pioneering Women for a Pioneering Act: RCN Fellows Lecture

Dr Alison O’Donnell explores the Royal College of Nursing archive to give a history of the pioneering women involved in the passing of the Registration Act in 1919, including College secretary Mary Rundle, co-founder Sarah Swift and founding member Rachael Cox-Davies. These women knew why the Registration Bill was pioneering for nursing as a profession: improving education, status, working conditions and moving towards fair and equal pay. However, a century later, some of these issues remain pertinent: safe staffing, education and the status of nursing as a profession.

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Location: RCN Library and Heritage Centre, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN