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RCN director of education, professor and life peer
Baroness McFarlane of Llandaff, who has died aged 86, was a nursing pioneer who had a profound effect on training, research and practice.
She was director of education at the RCN, professor of nursing at the University of Manchester and a crossbench peer in the House of Lords.
Born in Cardiff, Jean Kennedy McFarlane, was the youngest of fi ve children. After general training at St Bartholomew's in London, she qualified as a midwife at St David's Hospital in Cardiff and later worked as a health visitor in the docks area.
After qualifying as a nurse tutor in the early 1960s, she went on to join the educational staff of the RCN as organising tutor, education officer at the Birmingham centre, research project leader and finally director of education.
She led the influential Study of Nursing Care research programme and became a fellow of the RCN in 1976.
In 1974, she was appointed to the first chair of nursing at an English university - the University of Manchester - and remained there until her retirement in 1989.
Baroness McFarlane initiated the first degree in nursing in England, promoting what became known as the nursing process.
In 2009 the new home of the school of nursing, midwifery and social work at the University of Manchester was named the Jean McFarlane building in her honour.
The first nurse to be made a life peer, she served on four select committees in the Lords over a 20-year period.
She was a committed Christian, a member of the general synod of the Church of England and a keen supporter of the Girls' Brigade and the hospice movement.
obituary: june 13 :: vol 26 no 41 :: 2012