Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held quarterly in January, April, July 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 1969 the topics discussed by Council include:

Post registration clinical courses for nurses

Registration of clinical instructors

Study of the welfare of nurses in need

The future of public health nursing

District nurse training

Drug administration

The future educational role of the RCN

The Nation's Fund for Nurses and the RCN

Extension of the membership to state enrolled nurses

Title of 'Registered Nurse'

Voluntary euthanasia

International labour organisation

National appeal

Nurses and midwives Whitley Council

The role of the RCN in management training (Salmon management structure)

Visit of patron (Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon)

Roles and responsibilities of council members, honorary officers and members of official staff

'Raise the Roof'


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

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

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.