Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held once a month. 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 1957 the topics discussed by Council include:

Animal nurses (with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons)

Nursing Times

The financial position of the College

Nurses and midwives Whitley council

Death of Gertrude Cowlin

Nurses regulations and nurses trained abroad

Overtime ban in mental hospitals

Design of nurses' uniform

Welfare of children in hospital

Proposed student residence at Birmingham Centre of Nursing Education

Society of registered male nurses

Hospital laundry arrangements

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, split into two volumes. One volume runs from 17 Jan to 18 Apr 1957, and the other from 16 May to 19 Dec 1957. 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.