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Important milestone reached for national nursing archive

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The Royal College of Nursing’s library and archive in London has received accreditation from the National Archives.

The award marks an important milestone for the RCN’s service, which collects its corporate papers, those of other nursing organisations, oral histories and personal stories of nurses and badges.

Accreditation is only awarded to archives that meet professional standards of collection development and care, and that enable public usage and feedback by effective communication.

The National Archives was introduced Accreditation in 2014 as a new national standard and award scheme for archives. Around 70 orgnisations currently have accreditation.

Teresa Doherty, joint manager of the RCN Library and Archive Services, said: “This award is a real testament to the passion and professionalism of the Library and Archive team.

“We are proud of our team’s commitment to collecting the RCN’s corporate memory and the memories of our members, which is crucial to the development of nursing history in the UK,” she said.

In its report on the RCN, the accreditation panel said: “The panel warmly commended this very ambitious and effective small service, and its admirable aspirations to reach out and ensure visibility for its holdings.

“The service’s offer to RCN members is exceptional and that staff development is excellent, showing a determination to engage and grow the team,” it added.

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