Nursing Studies

Earliest Graduates Study

Capturing the experiences of graduates, and a small number of staff, from Nursing Studies at Edinburgh University.

One graduate from each year between 1960 and 1970 has been invited to participate in a telephone interviews, and correspondence, to describe their experiences as students and the impact of university education on their subsequent careers. As the first university department of nursing in the UK, these insights have revealed the pioneering character of early students, and the staff who supported them. 

The study is being carried out by Edinburgh graduate, RCN Professor and Honorary Professorial Fellow in Nursing Studies Daniel Kelly (1979-84) and is supported by the Monica Baly Award for Nursing History from the Royal College of Nursing Foundation.

The project will report in 2019 and has been awarded an RCN Foundation Impact Award.