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June 2009
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Welcome to the tenth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
Here we are again then! Time to get the news we have together and present it to all interested parties in a manner which, whilst perhaps being a little light-hearted sometimes, nevertheless contains as much information as possible. In what is hoped to be an interesting manner.

So what do we have?

First it has to be an article on nursing badges by Edelweiss James. It is actually a reprint of an article first published in 1992 - originally passed to us by Peter 'backman' who will be known to our regulars as moderator of our forums.  Precisely because it was interesting I contacted Edelweiss for permission to use it here on the site and after a little work by both the author and ourselves, the result went on-line in June. Don't waste it - have a look - it's well worth a read:-  Link.

Edelweiss has a book about nursing badges in preparation, and it seems that another article may well be in the offing.  We are, once again indebted - we don't (can't) pay for contributions, but we feel sure that we all recognise the voluntary input by our contributors.

Badge Finders Incorporated..  MARK II..
Our promised article on attempting to find missing badges is on the way - a little delayed. But those readers who are seeking a lost badge (difficult) or simply attempting to obtain a replacement (not easy but 'easier') will always receive our advice and support directly if requested by email.

Will the advice help? It will if you follow it to the letter, but there is no guarantee. All we can say is that we have had our first known success. There may be others we didn't get to know about, but I for one think that the current success is worth reporting... Ann Carey asked if we could help find her lost badge...

Our last news page carried the following information:-
"Ann trained at the North Middlesex Hospital between 1988 & 1991, and her badge was from Enfield & Haringey School of Nursing - which has now changed to North London Joint College of Health Studies. She is currently Matron of a NHS surgical unit."
The Badge - about which Ann was able to provide full details, but no photograph. To find a badge it needs identification. Peter ('backman') our forum moderator supplied a confirmed photograph. A little while later Peter also posted  a forum notice announcing one being auctioned on ebay.. On June 25th at 21:28:27 BST - Ann won the ebay auction the auction for her replacement badge.. a super result. Better - the new badge is not inscribed - she can add her own details...

Ann has told us already that  her happy ending is down to SoN - that she wouldn't have known about the ebay sale without us... Well, in that case it was really Peter ('backman') who made your evening Ann - but he doesn't seem to be around - so I am happy to accept your thanks!! Please don't lose the badge...

We will always help if able to.

Main Site/SoN Forum/Photo Galleries - updating.
It has become apparent as the site has developed that we need to pay some attention to a little updating. Not because any of the information contained on any of the three sites is erroneous, but because outside factors - for example website links - change.  Attempting to visit a site which has changed it's address; has changed it's content and is no longer relevant; or has simply ceased to exist is no real fun.

Being directed to such a site can give a bad impression - can cause visitors not to visit.

Here on SchoolsofNursing we do pay serious attention to remaining focused, up to date, and accurate.  There will inevitably be a short delay in updating older content as things change in real-time, but we do update regularly and trust that the majority of visitors do not notice our activities. But don't be reticent if you notice anything spoiling your visit - use the 'Contact' link and let us know...

Search Facilities. The search facilities (all) are specific to the area of the site they are found on. They do not search the whole site - only the area they are found on.
Main site Forum Photo Gallery * 
* Restricted to forum members - sorry.

But, all our search features are most responsive (likely to return the results you seek) to geographical place names. A common feature of search engines. For example, on the main site, if you choose the National Archives search and enter 'London' rather than a specific hospital, you will be presented with a list of hospitals to choose from - Very useful...

The site forum - Membership and Visitors - June 2009.
In January 2007 we opened the forum for business. 1 new topic; 4 replies; 2 new members; and 5 unique visitors!

At June 30th 2009 we have 556 Posts in 115 Topics and 114 Members. Our aim has always been to ensure quality and, equally importantly, 24/7 availability. Fingers crossed, we continue to achieve that aim.

Overall site visits.. Overall our unique (individual) visitor figures have increased to 4496+ per month - around 15,882 pages in June. Certainly our visitors are wide ranging - from 44 countries worldwide... Australia & New Zealand and Canada are well represented in addition to the UK and USA. There are also some more esoteric sounding countries - China; Russia; Cayman Islands; Japan; Malaysia; plus Romania and Spain.

E-Mail Contact - the 'contact' link (above and throughout the site) arrives directly on the webmaster's desk. Use it to communicate directly with the site. All mail is considered confidential unless the contents are stated to be otherwise. Stated to be for public consumption by you. Publication itself is an editorial decision.
Collecting - Military Nursing/ Hospital Badges...
Well, yet another superb collecting period for me - but not for my attempts to win a couple (3 actually) of military nursing badges for my collection...

I have several military badges in my collection (gifted to nurses by hospitalized soldiers), but this is sorely lacking in military nurse badges, so coming across three almost together in an ebay sale appeared to be my chance to put that situation to rights. Little did I know....

But first off - this Army dental hygienist badge:-

I don't have one of those - bid away.. It was - seconds after the sale ended. I was the only (non) bidder!

This very desirable (if you don't have one) Army School of Nursing qualified nurse (SRN) badge. I fluffed the bid and away it went - to another bidder...


Next - this Army School of Psychiatric Nursing badge - I lost the plot - and the auction - hands down! They say that everything runs in threes....

So I asked the seller for permission to use all three photographs of my mistakes and he said yes - all three! 

Well, I may have missed these three, but I already have one or two absolutely superb military badges - PMRAFNS; QAIMNS; QARANC;
QARNNS; RAMC; are but a few that I have badges from. At the same time I am very much aware that our main database is sadly lacking in information about military nursing and hospitals.

I think that we will set about righting that omission shortly - and producing an article on Militaria. We will certainly keep everyone informed.  Meanwhile...

Imagine. Imagine that you awoke the day after the sale and discovered that you had in fact been having a bad dream - that you had won all three badges - And that you had no money to pay for them...  Be forgiven?  You never would be....

Greetings from the Past

Ormskirk & District General Hospital 1985
S.E.N Training School PA85 (Pupil Nurse Training) April Intake, 1985
  Lt to Right: Paul Dunn; Valerie Rogers (myself) now Mrs Valerie Wall; Sylvia Fitzpatrick; Joan Baines; Jeanette (can't recall surname); Carol Youds; next ~ can't recall name, and lastly Debbie (can't recall her surname).

Val Wall supplied the information and said that the photograph was taken outside the (then) not so very old School of Nurse Education at what was, at the time, Ormskirk & District General Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire (the old workhouse).

* The full text has been placed in the forum. Link here.


Would you like to see your PTS or training group featured here? We desperately need more photographs to feature. Can you help?  If so please Contact us.

We express our grateful appreciation to those people
who have contributed the original photographs
used to produce the News Pages.

1. News heading photo (all dates) - John Reeves
2. Bristol Southmead Gold (April) - John Reeves
3. St Bartholomew's Gold (April) - Ruth Watkin-Jones
4. Haygarth Silver (April) - 'ukhistory' (ebay)
5. Newcastle LS (April) - Peter Backman (Nursing badges)
6. RRC Medal (April)  photo's- 'Caulgisbo' (ebay)
8. 'catandfrog' (July) - (ebay).
9. bokojnr (Dec) - (ebay).
10. blue.bottle (Dec) - (ebay).
11. 'backman' - (ebay).*
12. Hotminicooper (Jun) - (ebay).

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PPeter -  'backman' is also creator and webmaster of the 'nursingbadges'
'historyofhospitals' websites.

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