Early in 1916 an Association was formed, consisting largely of influential laymen and others interested in hospital nursing, for the purpose of standardising the education of nurses and securing their State registration. Foremost amongst the pioneers of the movement we may mention the names of the Hon. Arthur Stanley, M.P. (now Sir Arthur Stanley, Gr.C.B.E.), well known for his eminent services in connection with the organisation of volunteer nurses for war purposes, and Sir E. Cooper Perry, M.D., Superintendent of Guy's Hospital, with Sir Henry Burdett, K.C.B., K.C.V.O., (Editor of The Hospital), Miss Swift, R.R.C., Matron-in-Chief of the Volunteer Nursing Service, and a number of matrons of general hospitals to which training schools are attached. As a result a body called The College of Nursing was formed, and this was incorporated as a limited company, under the Companies Acts, 1908 and 1913, on March 27th, 1916. Among its objects were set out the promotion of (a) the better education and training of nurses, and (b) of the uniformity of curriculum; (c) the recognition of approved nursing schools; (d) the adoption, if thought fit, of the results of examinations held by approved nursing schools as sufficient evidence of efficiency; (e) the granting of certificates of proficiency to those who have passed above, and to persons who may pass prescribed examinations after training; (f) the granting of certificates of proficiency in any special branch of either medical or surgical nursing; (g) the institution and conduct of examinations of persons desirous of obtaining certificates of proficiency, or of training and proficiency, in nursing;… and (i) the making and maintenance of a Register of persons to whom such certificates of proficiency, etc., have been granted. Our space does not permit of further quotation, but when we add that the statement of objects uses all the letters of the alphabet (save z) for successive paragraphs, our readers will see that the aims of the College are fairly comprehensive.
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