Nurses for Nursing
A History of the Nurses Memorial Centre Western Australia by Peter Donovan, 2005

book-nurses-for-nursingProduced by Donovan & Associates, History & Historic Preservation Consultants

PO Box 436 Blackwood SA 5051 ISBN 0 9757798 1 8 

Nurses for Nursing is, as the sub-title indicates, a history of the Western Australian Nurses Memorial Centre.

The Centre was established in 1960:
  • To house the administrative offices of the RANF and any other bodies connected with Nursing, such as the College of Nursing, Australia (WA Branch) and the Florence Nightingale Memorial Committee etc.
  • To have a Centre for the educational, cultural, and social activities of Nursing.
  • To provide accommodation for visiting Nurses whether actively engaged in Nursing or not.

Changes to nursing, and to Australian society in general, meant that the third objective was never realised, though the Centre became an important focus for Western Australia's nurses as they strived to fulfill the first two objectives.

However, Nurses for Nursing is much more than the history of a building. Rather, it is one aspect of the history of nursing in Western Australia since World War II and is primarily a history of nurses working to establish and foster the Centre and thereby enrich their profession. 

The Nurses Memorial Centre no longer exists. Yet it fulfilled its purpose, and those who worked so strenuously in its interests have left a rich legacy. This has provided the means for the successors to pursue the ideals for which it was established through The Western Australian Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust and in a manner more appropriate to the 21st century. 

Nurses for Nursing documents and acknowledges the work of generations of nurses and the continuing importance of their legacy.

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