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General Discussion / Re: remembering our past
« Last post by eric on May 12, 2020, 09:19:26 PM »
Wonder if anyone became a member of league of friends, would they be able to obtain one of these badges?
General Discussion / Re: NMC Year of the Nurse & Midwife badge.
« Last post by eric on May 12, 2020, 09:16:46 PM »
Believe it or not I got 2 of them. However, when I got first one (talk about disappointment) was at least nice to have. When second arrived I put envelope down knowing what was in it. Then when I seen silly prices they going for I looked for my second badge and realised I had used the envelope to post something off to someone and I hadn't taken NMC badge out. So someone got nice surprise.
Notice Board / Re: Year of the nurse badge.
« Last post by eric on May 12, 2020, 09:06:35 PM »
Slightly different topic area but has anyone seen / got any of the 2018 / 2019 coins 10p that celebrated various things; one for each letter of the alphabet. The "N" was for the NHS
Notice Board / Re: New NHS hospitals
« Last post by eric on May 12, 2020, 09:00:31 PM »
The Belfast City Hospital was practically emptied and turned into a "Nightingale" hospital for Covid-19 patients. Even cancer patients were sent to "private sector" during that time. ALL surgery, A+E; and every department were effectively closed so that would be no cross infection.

In reality the masses didn't materialise (thankfully) and many nurses report days of standing around doing very little in those areas with no patients. Now hospital closing to Covid-19 victims and getting back to normal, which may take few more days.

So "our" Nightingale Hospital is returning to Belfast City Hospital again
General Discussion / Re: International Nurses Day
« Last post by wilfb on May 12, 2020, 08:48:42 PM »

A great pity Eric...

General Discussion / Re: International Nurses Day
« Last post by eric on May 12, 2020, 08:41:06 PM »
Thank you Wilf. Great video celebrating the recognition of International activities of the nurse everywhere. As I watched it I was wondering if nurses would have had this high a profile and recognition if it wasn't for this current crisis we find ourselves in?

Nurses day and International day of the nurse in previous years did not get this much attention before.

Pity it has taken a worldwide health crisis that everyone is acutely aware of what nurses contend with day and daily throughout the world, so sacrificially. 
General Discussion / Re: Royal College of Nursing Digital Archive.
« Last post by eric on May 12, 2020, 08:25:59 PM »
Thank you Peter for this link. Great digital collection although I noticed of all the badges/medals in this collection only one is Irish (Rotunda in Dublin).
General Discussion / Catching up
« Last post by eric on May 12, 2020, 08:07:11 PM »
It has been awhile since I was last on; so long in fact that I forgot my password and even worse was that I changed email address in between making it difficult to log on. But thanks to Wilf for his expertise and forbearance I have arrived back onsite. Am amazed at number of photos increased since, brilliant folks. I am reading the past issues of Newsletters and again excellent. I had forgotten Wilf that I had sent you those PTS photos used in issues 48 - 50.
My badge collection has not really grown much during 2019 as Irish badges don't appear too often and when they do are beyond my budget; however I have been able to add to my Irish postcard collection.
Am spending time looking around site and at all photos of all badges from every area,

In Northern Ireland we were just about to have exhibition to celebrate nursing but then this virus closed this down. However, trying to get an online exhibition going.
Hopefully this will be running shortly. Here is Florence nightingale tour. Click on link below

    Smartify Tour: Florence Nightingale 200
We're celebrating Northern Irelandís nurses and midwives to mark 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale. A special exhibition exploring their...

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