#RCN100 Celebrating 100 years of the Royal College of Nursing

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The Voice of Nursing: What

Major advances in medicine, changes in the NHS and the growth of nursing specialisms and research have changed the role of nursing dramatically in the last 100 years.


Defence nurses

Today our members include qualified nurses working in all areas of practice, research and education as well as students, health care assistants and support workers.

Mental health nurses, midwives, district nurses, teachers and academics, ward sisters, military nurses, practice nurses and managers are just a few of the vital roles performed by our members. They work in a range of environments from GP surgeries, hospitals, overseas army camps, prisons and secure units to care homes and patients’ living rooms. They all make up the Voice of Nursing in 2016.

"I feel privileged to support people with diabetes, their families and carers. There is a light bulb moment during the delivery of education and care, when you realise that you are working to improve your patient’s life. That is why I love being a nurse."

Sian Bodman
Diabetes specialist nurse


Prison nurse



"I have worked in women’s health for 15 years. I was fortunate to have the most wonderful gynaecology ward sister as my inspiration when I was a student, which led me to my speciality. I am proud to work with an amazing team who every day show women the care and empathy needed at their time of need. From feelings of loss and grief during a miscarriage, to the joy of conceiving with fertility treatment, we are there to give care and compassion at every stage of a woman’s life."

Tara Egen
Women’s health nurse


Support worker

Page last updated - 03/08/2019