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Welcome the third news page here at Schools of Nursing.
Our third edition! A little late perhaps, but this time last year the site was just a twinkle in the eye!! A belief that it could be done! Now but a few months old we really do hope that we are learning to walk - ready for the first few tentative steps maybe. We are certainly on our feet - even if a bit wobbly still.. A little more encouragement, perhaps a gentle push (!!) and we will start moving forward towards our goal - running!! Thanks for all the support so far some has been absolutely incomparably generous. More on that in a later edition.
We In the last issue we said 'We are also working on our first contributed (under duress!) article'. (..an illustrated feature on the design of our nursing badge history. Eight weeks should see it complete - the author keeps adding to it! (Don't stop - we are following). We are proceeding.
Also in preparation is Photo-gallery of collector Eric Wilkinson's Irish Nursing Badges. It seems, looking at nursing badge photographs, that the unification of Gt Britain never actually took place in the real world. It is also apparent that nursing badges, on a collective basis are absolutely steeped in history. The basic designs; heraldry; and the myths and legends they so often portray mirror not only a local geographical influence but also (as in Myths and Legends) the history of the world! But the naming of individual badges opens yet another possibility - tracing individual nurse histories..
This theme is built upon below in the 'collecting' column. What the column doesn't emphasize is that in every instance (unless impossible) the assistance of a living relative who was able to supply valid information was obtained before commencing the research. This in itself is not always easy, and is one of the aspects to be dealt on forthcoming pages on this topic.
*It is as well, perhaps, to remember that it would not be considered ethical to collect the nursing histories of living nurses without their knowledge. There is also, in relation to the UK, the data protection laws to consider. However, it is quite possible to collect histories of past nurses providing appropriate permissions are, unless clearly impossible, obtained - and laws complied with.
The site forum - is slowly
accumulating new members. Not all members contribute to the discussions -
nor is a contribution a prerequisite of being a member. Members do have
certain advantages though -the obvious ones being that they can both start
new topics and/or contribute ad lib. Visitors are able to read the
discussions on the main boards, but of course are not able to contribute or to
see restricted pages. Cannot visit places like the forum 'Dining Room',
(where just as in (past) real life), some of the possibly more interesting
debates take place! I would have loved to have sat at Matron's table in the
dining room. I still wonder about what her team had to discuss over
Whatever your own forum status, don't stop visiting - encourage others. All are welcome - just don't bring any advertising! Please.
Work on adding a photo gallery where members will be able to upload their own photographs (a site photo gallery where you will display your own contributions) is progressing. Not too difficult to achieve - we could just link a third party gallery - but even that route has it's drawbacks. Adverts often abound; space is frequently meager; and poor functionality is often regular occurrence. Not only frustrating, but sometimes downright irritating. We hope that our own gallery contain none of those aspects. But then it takes a lot of work to add such a gallery. In other words - stable, frustration free galleries need expertise, time, effort, and money.
And to obviate the obvious question - no,
our site is not free! Free to users - yes it is, but.. Members of our small team (and contributors)
give their own time; invest their own expertise: their own effort; and their own
money in attempting to deliver..... Enjoy - that's the reward! Free
Of the many ways there are of preserving nursing history - Collecting "Badges; belts; buckles (the latter unfortunately were rarely marked in any way traceable to a hospital or individual nurse); buttons; uniforms - capes; caps; dresses and even aprons, stamps; first day covers; books and outdated official documents - certificates of nurse training and registration, and enrolment, training syllabuses; books, pamphlets and outdated official documents" - have all been suggested in the past two 'collecting' columns. Personally, I find the collection of the history of a nursing career the most fascinating - the one which I feel is the most rewarding - a 'Nurse History'.
The one which, to my mind, allows an expression of
warm appreciation to someone who has often spent a lifetime helping others.
Only, at the end of the day, to be consigned, unremembered after only a
brief time, to forgotten history.
What better way of preserving nursing history than that of the individual
nurse is there? None, I think...
The sixth was Mary Ellen Watkin who
retired as a St Bartholomew's (London) nurse after a career including also
Tigne Hospital, Malta as a VAD nurse in WWI and Tower Hospital, Liverpool
nursing injured soldiers in WWII. Progressing - stunning!
Another Photograph from the past...This time
Hospital Cadets from 1958
Almost 51 years ago... October 158
saw this group of Hospital Cadets with their responsible Nursing Officer
(Assistant Matron Mary Glass) and supervisor V. Loundes posing for this
photograph in front of the patient's library at Parkside Hospital,
Macclesfield, Cheshire. All wanted a career in nursing - most
made it but at least 3 joined the armed forces and two joined the police
force - one in the Military Police. Two of those joining the services gained
top awards. Go to 'Photo Gallery.
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