Matrons' Council of Great Britain and Ireland


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