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College centenary celebrated at York Minster

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Nurses from across the Yorkshire and the Humber region celebrated 100 years of nursing excellence in York earlier this week.

A special service was held at York Minster on Tuesday to mark 100 years of the Royal College of Nursing, which was founded in 1916.

Over 100 chief and senior nurses, as well as college members, including RCN president Cecilia Anim and Janet Davies, RCN chief executive and general secretary.

The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd, along with the High Sheriff of York, Jonathan Tyler and the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Dave Taylor were among the guests.

Glenn Turp, regional director for the RCN in the Yorkshire and the Humber Region, described the event as a “unique and very special occasion” for the RCN as it celebrated 100 years of both the college and the profession.

“[Tuesday’s] event is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the service given by individual nurses and nursing as a whole to the country,” he said.

“Along with civic and nursing leaders, I too [said] thank you to each and every nurse that has made this the fantastic profession that it is today and for the dedicated care and compassion that nurses show day in and day out,” he added.

The choral evensong service was conducted by the Right Reverend Glyn Webster, the bishop of Beverley and a former nurse, along with the Very Reverend Dr Vivienne Frances Faull, the dean of York, and the Very Reverend Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood, the chancellor of York.

The service and reception forms part of a year-long programme of special occasions and events across the country during 2016 showcasing the 100-year history of the RCN.


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