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#RCN100 Celebrating 100 years of the Royal College of Nursing

Dear future nurses

An email to nursing staff in 2116.

The skill of nursing staff in 2016 would be unrecognisable to our founders a century ago. But fast forward 100 years, and what will nurses in 2116 think about us?

Will they marvel at an era of incurable disease, or question why we gathered patients into big buildings called hospitals? Or perhaps they would recognise the compassion of nursing staff today, and reflect that nothing had changed at all.

We want you to explore nursing in 2016, in the form of an email to the nurses of the future.

A selection of your emails will be printed and stored in a sealed box in our archives – with the instruction ‘not to be opened until 27 March 2116’, our 200th anniversary.

Your emails will form an important historical record of nursing skill today, and the feelings and motivations of the people doing the job.

How to take part

Send your email of 100-250 words, including your name and job title, to

The closing date for entries to be considered for the archives is 31 January 2017.

If your email is selected for the archives, you will receive an email from the RCN.

There is no word limit.

An email to nursing staff in 2116.

Things you might want to include

  • How long you have been a nurse, midwife or health care assistant
  • What your role is, and how it’s changed over time
  • What motivates you to nurse, and some of the challenges you face every day
  • What being a member of the RCN means to you; how the RCN has supported you; and what you have done for the RCN and its members
  • What you think nursing will be like in the future
  • An anecdote about nursing in 2016.


  • Your email should be between 100-250 words in length
  • Your email should be about nursing in 2016
  • You should only include the names of colleagues with their permission
  • Patients in your email must remain anonymous
  • Some emails may be shared for promotional purposes.