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Royal College of Nursing Representing nurses and nursing, promoting excellence in practice, shaping health policies

Our work

Find out more about the work of the History of Nursing Society and the other organisations we work with

What we are currently working on:

  • Pandemic Exhibition
  • Oral Histories 2018 

History of Nursing Society Committee Charter 2018-2019

Protect, Preserve, Share and Cherish

The History of Nursing Society is open to RCN members who want to learn more about their history and to promote awareness within the profession. We believe the history of nursing is wider than the study of nurse training and practise; it encompasses the experiences of individuals and groups, movements and organisations, religion and war, culture and gender, politics and social ideas, find out more here

History of Nursing Society 

Projects and Exhibitions

Oral Histories 2018 - The nursing community has a vast range of experiences, having lived through many changes, be it clinical, legislative or technological. We need to expand upon the recorded collection of these experiences for the benefit of current and future practitioners, researchers, investigators and the wider population. During the past year extracts from the collection have featured in exhibitions and informed responses to media enquiries.

Pandemic exhibition - 2018 will be the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic which claimed around 228,000 lives in Britain and 50 million worldwide. We will explore the nursing role in infection outbreaks from 1918 to the present day. While there has been some interest in the history of infection control, the nursing role in managing, dealing with and learning from these pandemics through history has not been explored.  This exhibition looks at the nursing role in infection control from 1918 to the modern global society. 

Page last updated - 21/11/2018