Posted on 25/07/2012
BSc Sociology, 1969 Bedford College
Jean McFarlane was one of nursing's great pioneers. Her work on what has come to be called the nursing process is now an integral part of every nursing curriculum and every nurse's practice. In 1974 she was appointed England's first professor of nursing, at Manchester University, where she developed a degree course and established the country's first professorial nursing unit. She was also responsible for England's first nursing research programme (the Study of Nursing Care), and was mentor to many of those who became the nurse leaders of the next generation. Jean she served as a member of the royal commission on the NHS. She was one of the first fellows of the RCN, and the first chair of the RCN representative body (now called RCN congress). In the House of Lords, she was a member of four select committees. She served on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and was national president of the Girls' Brigade.