Minutes of the College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Minutes of nine regular meetings, chaired by Sir Arthur Stanley, plus two ‘formal’ meetings which dealt solely with College membership.

The Council meetings received reports from the following committees:

Finance; Parliamentary; Education; Establishment and General Purposes; Press and Publications; Membership; Salaries and Superannuation and Branches.

In 1931, Council discussed:

Conditions of employment

Recruitment and retention

Qualifications and rates of pay for public health nurses

Council property

The Nursing Profession Hours and Wages Private Member’s Bill

Unemployment insurance

Entry requirements for health visitor and district nurse training

Premises of the College of Nursing and 1 Henrietta Street


This record relates to two separate sets of minutes: the original set is signed. This volume is kept in Store B.

The other set is a copy of the original. This volume is kept in Store A.

Access Information

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Other Finding Aids

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Conditions Governing Use

Royal College of Nursing

Custodial History

The main bulk of volumes came from London library historical collection to Edinburgh with the Archives' collections in 1992. Library maintained a copy set. From 1992 up until 2009 the papers were transferred directly by Council and Committee Admin (previously 'General Secretariat', or 'General Secretary's Office') One copy went to RCN Library for binding and the original to Archives, unbound. In January 2017 the two sets were brought together to create one full run of papers and an additional run, with copies of most years. The more complete set is held in Store A and the less complete set in Store B.