Pioneer and Campaigner

The Nursing and Midwifery Council

Display No. 133

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the regulator for nursing and midwifery professions in the UK. Before 1983, nurses and midwives registered with a number of different organisations. The NMC now manages the register of all nurses, midwives, specialist community public health nurses and nursing associates who practice in the UK.

Florence Nightingale strongly opposed the registration of nurses, as she feared this could lead to a drop in professional standards. However other nurses disagreed, and registration has become an indispensable feature of nursing in modern Britain.

Badge from the Nursing and Midwifery Council

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Nightingale is respected worldwide for her pioneering role in developing the nursing profession, her statistical work, and her evidence-based approach to healthcare. In honour of her bicentenary the World Health Organisation have named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

In our special exhibition, you will find out about objects, people and places which tell interesting stories about Florence’s life and legacy. You’ll discover artefacts from her life, people she both inspired and challenged, and places she helped to shape. There’s many more insights too!

Please click on the different sections of her famous coxcomb diagram to explore various aspects of her life and legacy. We hope you enjoy exploring!