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#RCN100 Celebrating 100 years of the Royal College of Nursing

"During the war years a group of trained staff from various hospitals talked and talked. They were the original founders of the College of Nursing."

Louis Johnson



The Voice of Nursing: Then


The First World War led to a hugely increased demand for nurses. At this time nursing training was unregulated and any hospital could establish a training school and set its own standards. In addition, thousands of ordinary women volunteered to help the war effort in the Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs).