Since 1916, the Royal College of Nursing has been supporting nurses and promoting the vital importance of nursing staff. It began as the College of Nursing, a professional organisation with just 34 members. Since then, it has evolved into the largest professional association and union for nursing staff in the world, with more than 425,000 members.
To celebrate this momentous period, the RCN is recognising its history, celebrating its present achievements and planning for a successful future. Many initiatives are taking place this year, including a photography competition in line with the Royal Photographic Society and a landmark conference to celebrate the progress of nursing.
Chief Executive and General Secretary Janet Davies said:
“This event has launched a whole year of celebrations, showcasing the wonderful nursing profession and the inspiring people who have made the RCN what it is today.
“2016 marks an important milestone in our history and we encourage everyone to join us in commemorating 100 years of nursing.”
Find out more on the RCN’s website