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Welcome to our
Twenty-Eighth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
Our second edition this year.
Nurse Histories - Moving...
Our next history - Anthony (Tony) Sisson - special and progressing. Estimated to be still some months away from completion, but sometimes things move quite quickly. Fingers crossed but no promises right now.
And now - another two new articles from Sarah Rogers, the first below (collections26) is about the Nurse Lilian Teasdale, who once worked at the Kent Nursing Institute in Tunbridge Wells. It is superbly illustrated with memorabilia - photographs - medals, nursing badges, and especially poems and drawings from wounded soldiers she nursed during WWI.
The second is about Nurse
Elsie Winifred Ellis, (nee Osmond) who trained at the Poplar
Accident Hospital from 1935-1939. She joined the QAIMNS, being attached to
the 5th General Hospital in1939 in France almost immediately. She also
caused no little consternation among her superiors at the time by becoming
married in 1941 whilst on active-service! A seriously forbidden exercise for
any nurse wishing to remain in the armed forces at that time.... Whatever
the turmoil resulted, she was eventually a medal recipient of the 1939 - 45
Star; The Africa Star; and the 1939 War Medal. But at the time the nursing
powers in command had first say and that was no married nurses...
Ms Barbara Tyler -
St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook Part 2.
The scrapbook photographs are presented exactly as we received them - the icons above are linked to our own pages in a pseudo-reproduction - leaving a little room for us to perhaps eventually fill in the detail that the nurse creating the original, Ms Tyler, did not need since the scrapbook - and the memories it contains, was for her own use. As with any scrapbook, some of the photographs may well be meaningful only to Ms Tyler, but some are of recognizable, sometimes public figures. All are part of Barbara Tyler's story and are of historic importance as the scrapbook of a past Assistant Matron at St Thomas's Hospital. Especially this one! A glimpse of history. A treasure... PART 2 is here.
Member Photograph Galleries.
We are already at 3414 - 4000 might just
be possible by the end of 2013. We are well on the way and just maybe, we
will see another magic number by the end of the year, thanks to our many contributors.
We can now claim to have a mini photographic museum here at schoolsofnursing. Sincere, heartfelt, thanks...
Collecting... Assistant Nurse Badges...
Most of the badges obtained by collectors are pieces of nursing history, from which much information - names, dates, places, makers, materials, fittings and so on can be gleaned and analyzed. Although this is true of many badges some, (although these details are often there), are perhaps not commonly sought after by collectors, leaving a possible hole in our knowledge. Perhaps because they are seeking the more esoteric badges, something more attractive. But these badges, still quite rare in the 'sought after' lists of the collector, deserve serious attention. They were presented to assistant nurses - auxiliaries - who did not take a statutory course of training...
But in reality, quite apart from encouraging such nurses to further their knowledge and skills, they also formed a portal of entry to nurse training. A way in which they could gain formal recognition of achievement - and a means of possibly progressing beyond the basics. Have a look at the badges below:-
Absolute magic! Superb designs,
stunning execution of manufacture. Could easily have been for an SRN
qualifier - except for the wording R.E.C.H. COLCHESTER - 'NURSING ASSISTANT'. And
why not, these badges were, more than likely, gained after a course of training by
someone who cared about being a nurse.
Sadly, none of the above are mine, but are from the magnificent collection
An assistant nurse was one who assisted, ether
directly or on their behalf, more highly qualified nurses carry out their
duties in caring for others. For some, and for a variety of reasons, it was
a career with no progression. For others it became a means to gain basic
nursing expertise and to advance within the profession. A 'portal' of entry
- a means of joining the profession as an enrolled or registered nurse, a
midwife - or any of the other branches of the profession. It was a foothold.
A start. Michael D. Riley clearly had a start at Workington Assistant nurse
But there is one other possibility - Michael D. Riley was awarded his hospital badge when he qualified SEAN with the GNC - just as an SRN qualifier receives both GNC and hospital badges.
Herein lies a common problem for collectors - what evidence can be accepted as reliable when assessing badge provenance? In Michael D. Riley's case, the final possibility seems the correct one. And that Workington badge above is a super design isn't it?...
that the set of SEAN/SEN badges that you had collected came with an equal
number of hospital badges - but that not all were marked with names and
numbers - just like a bowl of false teeth! And you mixed them up! Forgive yourself - you never would!
Now, whose teeth are these...?
Charing Cross Hospital Preliminary Training School – A 1968 set
Our sincere thanks. To Ann Williams who trained at
Charing Cross Hospital, London in 1968 for the superb assistance with our
current PTS photograph and information. Ann lives with her family in
Trinidad!! At Christmas she shared some of her time in Trinidad with Rita
Gillen Brown - another Charing Cross nurse from the same group before Rita was
visiting from Ireland. Originally Drogheda, Rita now lives in Bray, just
south of Dublin. Jealous? Would I be blamed?
We express our grateful appreciation to those people
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