Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 12(3) September 1999 : 24-26.doi:10.12927/cjnl.1999.19082

Profile of A Leader: Scharley Phoebe (Wright) Brown

Glennis Zilm and Ethel Warbinek


This brief article profiles Charlotte (Scharley) Wright Brown, a leader in registration for nurses in British Columbia, founding member and first president of the Graduate Nurses Association of B.C. (later the Registered Nurses Association of B.C.), and third president of the Canadian National Association for Trained Nurses (later the Canadian Nurses Association). She and a small, dedicated executive group led the fight for registration for nurses from 1912 to 1918, and she helped establish the national organization on a strong and purposeful footing. Despite her major contributions, few records have been kept about this extraordinary nursing leader.

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