Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held in January, March, May, July, September and November. They are arranged in the following order: minutes of the previous meeting, minutes of current meeting, agenda of current meeting, papers of current meeting.

Items addressed at every meeting are: the location of the meeting, attendees and apologies, matters arising, correspondence, Congress, membership matters, reports from committees, reports from national boards, use of the seal, membership numbers.

During 1971 the topics discussed by Council include:

Industrial Relations Bill

The future position of the district nurse within the RCN

Salary claim - Whitley council

Men in health visiting

Film on the RCN

Training of nursing auxiliaries and nursing assistants

Advanced clinical role of the nurse

Disciplinary procedures

Abortion Act, 1967

Power of Chief Nursing Officers to dismiss

Establishment of district nurses section

Entry into Europe

Defence medical services inquiry

People with epilepsy

Recent series of posters

Indexed.

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, which has been split into two volumes. These volumes are kept in Store A.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact the RCN Archives in advance of their first visit.

Other Finding Aids

Most recent online Royal College of Nursing Archives Catalogue is available at http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services.

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.