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Anniversary of Graduate Nursing education in Cardiff celebrated in Journal of Advanced Nursing

28 January 2014

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Pictured from left: Former Deans of Nursing Professor Bryn Davies and Professor Christine Chapman, plus current Dean of Healthcare Sciences Professor Sheila Hunt and Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Professor Jean White.

An editorial has been published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing celebrating 40 years of Graduate Nursing in Cardiff. 

Written by Professor Daniel Kelly, Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Healthcare Sciences, and Professor Kate Gerrish, a graduate of the early degree programme in Cardiff, the editorial is an account of how nursing was eventually secured in a Welsh academic setting, drawing on archival correspondence. Professor Gerrish has recently been awarded a CBE for services to nursing. 

You can view the editorial here.

The 40th anniversary celebration of the first Nursing degree programme in Wales took place in 2012 and was attended by Professor Christine Chapman, the first Professor and Dean of Nursing Studies at the then Welsh School of Medicine. To mark this important occasion, a one-day conference and celebratory dinner was organised where alumni and current and former staff met to mark the occasion.

Professor Sheila Hunt, Dean and Head of the School of Healthcare Sciences, said: "It is fantastic to see this article featured in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. It is often the case that we forget how far we have come in the past four decades, but our history is key to our trajectory and to the future of nursing education in Wales."

We hope further accounts of this important milestone will be produced to ensure that the roots of this key step are not forgotten.