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From Factory to Farm: The History of Occupational Health Nursing

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RCN Scotland

42 South Oswald Road

Edinburgh

EH9 2HH

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Occupational health emerged from the industrial era, with the introduction of various forms of legislation to improve the conditions for workers in factories, mines and dockyards in the Victorian era. The role nurses have played in occupational health has increased enormously through the twentieth century, as increasing numbers of workplaces came to address changing health concerns, from disability discrimination to mental health and wellbeing. Lynda Bruce, lecturer in occupational health at Robert Gordon University, will explore this history and Mairi Gaffney, Head of Healthy Working Lives NSS, will consider the present and future for occupational health nursing. The evening will be chaired by Helen Donovan, RCN Professional Lead for Public Health Nursing and introduced by Theresa Fyffe, Director of RCN Scotland.

This is a special launch of the exhibition "A healthful form of work": The History of Public Health Nursing in RCN Scotland. There will be a chance to view the exhibition and additional occupational health items from the RCN Archives. Refreshments will be provided.

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