Raising the Roof: A History of Nursing Activism

Date / time
Date(s) - 23 November
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Join us for a fireside chat with RCN President Professor Anne Marie Rafferty to hear more about how nurses have pushed for change over time.

The RCN was founded in 1916. Just three years later, the College produced its first report on pay, showing the poor salaries and conditions of employment for many nurses across the UK.Today, as we celebrate the vital role of nurses in the COVID-19 pandemic, pay remains a hotly debated topic and the RCN is calling for a 12.5% pay increase across the NHS.

Join us for a fireside chat with RCN President and historian of nursing Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, who will be in conversation with Dr Alison O’Donnell, RCN History of Nursing Forum. They will explore how how nurses have pushed for change over the years, such as the 1969 RCN Raise the Roof campaign, which was supported by tens of thousands of nurses, many of whom donated an hour’s pay to show their support. This led to the biggest single increase in nurses’ pay throughout history: 20%. Join us to find out more about how nurses have engaged in activism over the years, and why politics remains an important part of nursing knowledge.

Please register to attend and a link will be circulated in advance with instructions on how to join the event. All tickets must be booked individually.