Hidden in Plain Sight: Celebrating Nursing Diversity charts the contributions of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) nurses, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) nurses and nurses with disabilities from the First World War to the present day.
It features artefacts, photos, letters and personal items from RCN members, shining a light on the roles and experiences of these nurses.
The exhibition launches tonight with a special event to commemorate Black History Month.
Running until 10 March 2018, the RCN will also host further events over the next six months, including an LGBT History Month reception and a poetry night highlighting the importance of communication in mental health care.
Wendy Irwin, RCN Diversity & Equalities Co-ordinator, said: “This is an inspiring exhibition, which celebrates the diverse lives of nurses who, despite their contributions to the profession, struggled to be recognised and were often overlooked.
“It brings this important part of nursing history to life and shows its significance to today’s health service. It highlights why we must champion equality and inclusion and tackle systemic discrimination across the health and social care sector.”