Matrons' Council of Great Britain and Ireland


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10 December 1887: Mrs Ethel Fenwick, with twenty-nine hospital...

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10 December 1887

Mrs Ethel Fenwick , with twenty-nine hospital matrons, officially named and founded the British Nurses' Association ; this was the first organized attempt by nurses to improve the status of their profession.

1894: Isla Stewart established the Matrons' Council,...

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Isla Stewart established the Matrons' Council , an organization devoted to attaining a register of nurses. She also served as its president.

July 1894: Mrs Ethel Fenwick and Isla Stewart began...

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1902: The Society for the State Registration of...

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The Society for the State Registration of Trained Nurses was founded with women's activist Louisa Stevenson as president, former Matrons' Council president Isla Stewart as vice-president, and former Royal British Nurses' Association president Ethel Gordon Fenwick


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