District nursing origins can be traced back to 1859 when philanthropist William Rathbone pioneered the provision of nursing within poorer communities. 1887 saw the Queen’s Nurses established and in 1889 a training institute was set up in Edinburgh. For over 100 years, Queen’s Nurses promoted health and wellbeing in the communities of Scotland. Today, the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland promotes excellence in community nursing to improve the health and well-being of the people of Scotland. Dr Alison O’Donnell (RCN History of Nursing Society) and Clare Cable (QNIS Chief Executive and Nurse Director) will explore the fascinating history of the QNIS, focussing on the role which Queen’s Nurses adopted in health promotion. This presentation will draw on materials from the QNIS Archive, maintained by the RCN.
4 p.m. Registration & refreshments
4.30 - 6 p.m. Talks followed by viewing of archive materials