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Nursing: An Exquisite Obsession

The story of a career in nursing which lead to June Clark becoming president of the Royal College of Nursing - the largest nursing union in the world - and her subsequent loss of faith in the organisation.

The book highlights her passion for nursing which is still her 'exquisite obsession'

This autobiography covers the fascinating career of Professor Dame June Clark, from her beginnings as a health visitor through her career in further education, her involvement in nursing around the world, and her work with and subsequent presidency of the Royal College of Nursing.

Scope and contents

  • The career of an inspirational nurse and nursing leader.

  • The history of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) from 1990 to the present day.

About the author

June qualified as a nurse at University College Hospital, London after obtaining an honours degree in Classics at London University. She worked in the NHS for 25 years, starting as a health visitor in Berkshire through a number of roles to be Chief Nurse to Harrow Health Authority. In 1990 she moved to higher education where, as Professor of Nursing, she established the School of Health Care Studies at Middlesex University. she is a Fellow of University College London and holds an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University. In 1997 she went home to Wales as Professor of Community Nursing at Swansea University, where, following her retirement in 2003, she remains Professor Emeritus. She has also been heavily involved in nursing at an international level, in particular in Kazahkstan, Romania and Slovenia. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She has been an RCN activist since her student days and has held many leadership roles in the RCN, including serving as President from 1990-1994. In 1995 she was invested as Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to nursing. Her current interests are primarily in helth policy, services for older people and health informatics.


Nursing, nursing politics, autobiography


All nurses interested in the development of their profession, members of and those interested in the history of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), anyone involved in health care during the past 50 years.

ISBN: 9781856425094