was the principal inspirer and leader of this movement.
The passing of the Bill was witnessed from the Public Gallery
of the House of Commons by Mrs. Bedford-Fenwick
and the thirty year struggle for nursing registration was over.
was born Ethel Gordon Manson in 1856 and in her nursing career rose to become Matron at Saint Bartholomew's Hospital
from 1881 to 1887.
Mrs Bedford-Fenwick acquired the Nursing Record in 1893 and became its Editor in 1903.
It was renamed The British Journal of Nursing
and through its pages for the next 54 years her
thinking and her
beliefs are clearly revealed.
She believed that there was a need for training to a recognised standard and was instrumental in forming The British Nurses Association now the Royal British Nurses Association as a means of furthering this endeavour.
This was followed in 1926 by the foundation of The British College of Nurses
This establishment would enable Ethel
to fulfil her
desire for further education through Fellowships and Diplomas of Nursing and promote a high standard of nursing care and professional status of nurses.
worked tirelessly to promote higher standards of professionalism and status within nursing until her
death in 1947 at the age of 90.
It is most appropriate that she
appears as "Nurse No. 1" in the RBNA List of Names.