Jean McFarlane (1926-2012)
Jean McFarlane became the first chair of nursing at the University of Manchester and is credited with the first joint appointments for nurses between a university and a hospital, and the introduction of ‘the nursing process’ problem solving methodology.
She was greatly influenced by her father’s dedication to public health and preventative medicine. She trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s hospital in 1947 and as a midwife at St David’s Hospital and Hereford County Council.
McFarlane devoted six years to running continuing professional development courses for nurses at the RCN Birmingham Education Centre. She was responsible for developing some of the first courses in the examination of patients and care of older people. McFarlane led a programme training nurses to use research to improve the quality of their care. This sparked a series of groundbreaking publications, including The proper study of the nurse. She also held the position of Director of Education at the RCN from 1969 to 1970.