Header photo, Copyright Museum of London
The Ethel Gordon Fenwick Commemorative Partnership
In 2018, the Ethel Gordon Fenwick Commemorative Partnership was established to educate, commemorate and celebrate her life and work.
Ethel Gordon Fenwick (1857 – 1947), a nurse and political campaigner, fought for over thirty years for the introduction of the nurse registration but many nurses are unaware of her significant contribution to the development of professional nursing in the UK.
December 2019 marked 100 years since the introduction of the Nurses Registration Act. This introduced a compulsory register for nurses and was fundamental in improving the standard and safety of patient care.
The Partnership is working alongside organisations and individuals to fund-raise and develop activities and resources to raise awareness of Ethel Gordon Fenwick’s achievements. These include professional seminars and public events as well as education packs for schools.
With support from International Council of Nursing Ethel’s headstone in St Helena’s Church in Thoroton, Nottinghamshire has recently been restored. We are now raising funds for a commemorative bench for the church yard.
Our vision is to raise local and national awareness of Fenwick’s pioneering work and her considerable contribution to the legal recognition of the status of nurses as healthcare professionals.
This website will be regularly updated with progress on our projects and articles relating to the life and work of Ethel Gordon Fenwick. Please contact us if you would like more information about our campaign or would like to get involved. You can follow us on Twitter @Ethel_Fenwick.
Royal College of Nursing, History of Nursing Forum Annual Lecture
Regulation, Resilience and Resistance: The Struggle for Professional Nursing (1887-2019)
Professor Christine E. Hallett
Wednesday 1 April 2020, 5.30 – 7.30pm
University of Worcester, City Campus, Castle Street, Worcester WR1 3AS
Professor Christine Hallett’s lecture explores the work Ethel Gordon Fenwick and look more broadly at the changing nature of professional regulation for British nurses from 1887 (the year the British Nurses’ Association was founded) to the present day.