Reciprocal rewards: British poor law nursing and the campaign for state registration

Kirby, S. (2002) Reciprocal rewards: British poor law nursing and the campaign for state registration. International History of Nursing Journal, 7 (2). pp. 4-13. ISSN 1360-1105 Available from:

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In the pages of her publications 'The Nursing Record' and 'The British Journal of Nursing', Mrs Bedford Fenwick portrayed the Poor Law nurses as struggling against the forces of parsimony and ignorance in the persons of the workhouse master and matron. The representation of these women as victims of the system rescued by Mrs Bedford Fenwick disguises their considerable achievements towards improving the quality of care for their deprived patients. This paper examines how the Poor Law nurses seized the opportunity afforded by the campaign for State Registration to further their cause in developing a professional nursing service for a neglected group of patients.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:The paper explores the development of poor law nursing and the campaigns for state registration, identifying issues that are equally relevant to the development of contemporary senior nursing roles. This work led to appointment as PhD external, Kingston University 2007.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Britain, poor law, state registration, nursing
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:5719
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Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 15:09
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