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Pioneering Women for a Pioneering Act


Dr Alison O’Donnell explores the Royal College of Nursing archive to give a history of the pioneering women involved in the passing of the Registration Act in 1919, including College secretary Mary Rundle, co-founder Sarah Swift and founding member Rachael Cox-Davies. These women knew why the Registration Bill was pioneering for nursing as a profession: improving education, status, working conditions and moving towards fair and equal pay. However, a century later, some of these issues remain pertinent: safe staffing, education and the status of nursing as a profession.


Dr Alison O'Donnell | talks


Date and Time:

5 November 2019 at 5:30 pm


2 hours



Royal College of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square
029 2054 6460

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