Source Information Scotland, Nursing Applications, 1921-1945 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2016. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
Original data: Register of Nurses. Royal College of Nursing, London, United Kingdom.

About Scotland, Nursing Applications, 1921-1945

This collection contains records of applicants applying to become registered nurses in Scotland. Application forms vary but will include:

  • Nurse's name
  • Dates of enrolment

They may also include the following details:

  • Residence
  • Name and address of references
  • Birth date and place
  • Marital status
  • Places and dates of employment
  • Employer
  • Name of qualifying board

Individuals may have more than one page, so make sure to view the complete record.

Full details about this collection of nursing applications, including family history guidance, can be found on the Royal College of Nursing Library and Archive Services website.

In 1921 the General Nursing Councils (GNC) were established; one for England and Wales, one for Scotland and one for Ireland. The register of nurses was first published in 1922. The publication of the registers ended in 1968.

This collection comprises the application forms which would have been recorded in the Scottish register and are held by the Royal College of Nursing Library and Archive Service, the largest specialist nursing collection in Europe. The Royal College of Nursing was founded in 1916 and successfully campaigned for the state registration of nurses. It continues as a professional member organisation and the voice of nursing to this day.

More information about the Royal College of Nursing can be found on their website.