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Welcome to our thirteenth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
There being no January news, belated greetings for 2010, and for the superstitious among us let me just reassure that my own lucky number is 13.. And that Friday the 13th has been my luckiest day for as long as I can remember. Please feel free to share!
So what do we have this month? A little of a mixed bag.
First, in case you missed it the promised article on badges and buckles by contributor Edelweiss James went on-line as planned. If you did miss it, It is right here.
The second item which I am hoping will be of interest to you, as it involves my own special area of interest - the preparation of individual nurse histories - is that the ball is already rolling on our second project - a nurse/midwife who trained at St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth in the late 1930's, and who served during WWII with the Q.A.R.A.N.C territorial army. We have been fortunate enough to have been entrusted with this history by her daughter who has already provided much valuable information and many photographs. Hopefully it will be open by the time of our next news page.
The latest (Edelweiss James) now already on line we have something of a gap! I am just a little unsure just what will be next. We have a planned article, possibly becoming a short series, on the subject of Military Nursing/Badges which is currently being planned; an article on state registration badges in preparation; and one on recovering or replacing lost badges which is currently the favourite 'Next'. This is currently the furthest developed and should be popular. It will certainly be popular with me - as each enquiry has currently to be responded to via individualized email. But pending publication - please don't let the last sentence deter you - we get much pleasure from each success!
Member Photograph Galleries.
Are still accumulating at a very reasonable pace. The 'National' galleries now contain 2137 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 293 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 42 photographs of nurse uniforms, both civilian and military. It is becoming a small on-line museum and is adding to our knowledge of nursing history quite nicely, thanks to our contributors. It is available to anyone who cares to register as a member - a very simple process. All is free...
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Collecting... English State Registration and enrolment badges..
Perhaps the most exciting time in the career of the majority of nurses was the day they were able to pin their newly received state registration and enrolment badge to their uniform. It felt good - I can tell you that, I was there! It was a public recognition that a nurse had made it - had successfully completed the course of training; overcome the obstacles (professional and personal); passed the theoretical and practical examinations - including the orals, and was at last publicly recognized as competent to practise!
Collecting state badges is quite
popular, but because the number issued was far greater than the individual
school/hospital badges, prices tend to be lower. Registration badges seem to
be in greater demand than SEN badges, and command better prices. There are
possibly two reasons for this. The 'snob' value and appearance, and more to
the point, the metals used differed. Early registration badges were silver -
later ones chromium plated (!), whilst the enrolment badges were brass or a
similar base metal.
Imagine. Imagine that you
had a full set of state badges, all of them, including Mrs Bedford-Fenwicks'
(number 1), and couldn't remember where you had left the suitcase...
Forgive yourself? you never would.... Better have another look
under the bed!
Well, that seems yet
another very pleasant note upon which to end the Site News, so for now all
the very best - smile and we all prosper!
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