In Conversation with Nursing Pioneers (Royal College of Nursing)

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

12th May 2021 | 5:30PM

Join us to look back at the impact of the pandemic and its lessons for the future of nursing in this RCN Fellows event for Nurses Day 2021.

Ever since Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, nurses have blazed a trail in healthcare. They have pioneered improvements in practice, carried out cutting-edge research and advanced education: all with the aim of developing patient care. Yet how many of us know the stories of nursing innovators in more recent times? Since 1976, the Royal College of Nursing has recognised these innovative individuals by awarding Fellowships. The Roll of Honour lists almost 200 RCN Fellows who have made exceptional contributions to advancing the science and practice of nursing and improving health and patient care.

This event, hosted by nurse and author of The Language of Kindness Christie Watson, is the first in a series highlighting significant contributions to nursing. We will hear from three RCN Fellows – Jane Ball, Tara Bartley and Ruth Oshikanlu – about the challenges and opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic has presented for nursing.

This event is free and open to all. Please register to attend and a link will be circulated in advance with instructions on how to join the event. All tickets must be booked individually.

Doctors in their own words: voices from the archive

Royal College of Physicians Museum

12th May 2021 | 6:00PM

The Royal College of Physicians oral history collection holds over 250 recorded interviews of doctors speaking about their experiences in medicine over the past 90 years.

Join oral history project officer Sarah Lowry to explore stories of pioneering medical advances, including early uses of penicillin and insulin and the development of kidney dialysis, and hear physicians discuss the changes they have witnessed in doctor-patient communication, junior doctors’ lives and the NHS.

This virtual talk will include a presentation and audio extracts from the oral history collection.

Tickets can be booked by donation. All the donations, minus the Eventbrite admin fees, will go to support the Royal College of Physicians Museum in these challenging times.

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Live virtual guided tour of the Royal College of Physicians

Royal College of Physicians Museum

20th May 2021 | 1:00PM

Join senior curator Lowri Jones for an in-depth virtual tour exploring the RCP’s past, the history of medicine and our striking architecture.

Explore 500 years of the Royal College of Physicians, fascinating stories from the history of medicine and the award-winning architecture of our Regent’s Park home on this live virtual guided tour.

Your hour-long tour of the RCP will be guided live by senior curator Lowri Jones who will lead you virtually through the RCP’s Grade I listed building, sharing her knowledge and answering your questions.

Your guide will use a virtual walk-through plus beautiful images and videos from our collections to provide a unique tour experience.

This tour is online only.

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Nursing a Pandemic: Nursing Support Workers (Online Event)

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

20th May 2021 | 5:30PM

Join us for the 5th event in our series recording the nursing experience of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.
We are living in historic times. Since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in 11 March 2020, nursing staff have performed a huge range of vital roles in the COVID-19 response in the UK and beyond. Now is the time to go beyond the “clap for carers” and better understand what life during the pandemic has been like for nursing staff in different situations and contexts. From first responders and nursing leaders to staff working in care homes and the nursing students who stepped up from their degrees to support the NHS, this series marks the ongoing impact of the pandemic on nursing and nurses.

Each virtual event takes the form of live interviews with nursing and healthcare staff and students, followed by a Q&A. The interviews will be recorded and added to the RCN archive, making sure these experiences are recorded for posterity.

Nursing Support Workers

In the 5th event, we will hear from three people who have worked in essential support roles about their personal experiences of the pandemic. The interviewer is Ofrah Muflahi, RCN Professional Lead for Nursing Support Workers.


  • Kevin Morley is Associate Practitioner, Integrated Adult Care, at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and an RCN Steward and Vice Chair of the Nursing Support Worker Committee
  • Sagila Thiruthanikasalan is a Nursing Associate at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and RCN Nursing Support Worker Committee member for London
  • Monica Korpal is a Nursing Associate at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
    This event is open to all, and will take place online. Please sign up to attend and the link to join will be circulated in advance.

For any queries about this event please contact

RCN Libraries 0345 337 3368