Nursing leaders, policy makers and Royal College of Nursing members celebrated the union’s history this week at an event in London to mark its centenary year.
At the event, the union launched a year-long programme of activities to recognise its work since it was formed in 1916.
“We will continue to build a legacy that began with our founders 100 years ago - to represent nurses and nursing [and] to promote excellence in practice”
This includes a photography competition showing modern-day nursing and a series of public lectures.
The RCN was also presented with a marching banner by campaigning organisation the Townswomen’s Guilds to celebrate their shared history of campaigning to improve women’s rights.
Two new photo exhibitions – one on nursing in the past 100 years and the other featuring portraits and information on past RCN presidents – were also unveiled.
Speaking at the event, RCN president Cecilia Anim said: “The centenary year is a chance to reflect 100 years of nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants moving our great profession forward.
“I would especially like to thank our past presidents here today who have all played a pivotal role in the progression of our organisation and our profession,” she said.
She added: “With your continuing support we will continue to build a legacy that began with our founders 100 years ago – to represent nurses and nursing, to promote excellence in practice and to shape healthcare policies, for the progression of our profession and to improve patient care.”