Glasgow Royal Infirmary Nurses' League

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow Royal Infirmary Nurses’ League was founded in 1922 and was the first Scottish League of its kind. The principle aims of the League were to promote the interests of the nursing profession, to engage in charitable enterprises connected with the Infirmary, and to socialise and forge links between GRI nurses both past and present.

The League’s annual journal ensured the latter, keeping nurses who had served in the GRI in touch with one another and with the current issues affecting their profession. Throughout the 1930s, the journal contained an annual letter from Mrs Rebecca Strong. It also documented the lives of members in foreign countries and the differences and difficulties they encountered as well as the experiences of those on research trips.

Activity ceased for the League for seven years during the Second World War, but post-war the society was revived. Several of its members received Royal decoration.

Funding activities played a major role in the league, with the Rebecca Strong Fund and the Rachel Wylie Window in the nurses’ chapel the result of the League’s fundraising.

The League saw many changes to the nursing profession, particularly in Education which eventually became a degree qualification. This change in training contributed to the decline and eventual elective closure of the League in 2010.

Related Material

Researchers might find the following material to be of interest: Glasgow Royal Infirmary Nursing records