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Welcome to our fourteenth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
Once again chasing my own tail and attempting to catch up on a vast amount of time apparently lost since the last news page. I say apparently because there hasn't really been a spare minute to catch up with anything! Onward...
First a first! Missing Badges.
A missing badge located within 24 hours of our standard advice being received by email. Well, being received and followed. Ruth Coulter sought our assistance to locate a replacement for her missing badge. Much to our surprise she responded shortly after our email to tell us - 'I thought Iíd let you know that, thanks to your brilliant advice Iíve tracked down a replacement badge! In only 24hrs too!! Surely thatís a record! Iím also inspired to start my own collection after trawling through many sites showing some superb collections'. However, Ruth admitted that she had enlisted the help of her mother and sister too. And gave us permission to publish her success. Well done Ruth.
But then we were contacted by another searcher - a nurse's husband who said that he was not 'computer friendly'. Flush with the first success I offered to follow our own advice for him, which I am now doing - but I can already report that it isn't quite as easy as it looks. I am definitely not going to be within the 24 hour record, but I am repeating (constantly) our forum moderator's (backman) advice - persistence and perseverance. That seems to be the hardest part...
We have had several other requests - nurse husband's being by no means an uncommon source - and of course respond to all. There is one thing that we cannot do however. We cannot act as middle-men. If we find a badge we will tell you where it is and advise how to obtain it, but we cannot obtain the badge for you. Sorry.
I really must find time to get the advice
on-line before the next news page. Meanwhile, feel free to email for the
Member Photograph Galleries.
The galleries are 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...
Collecting... When time is of the essence..
But no, for anyone who has misunderstood the title, this time round It is quite literal. When time really is of the essence, as any nurse knows, one has to attend to immediate priorities and simply do the best one can. That was exactly the situation I found myself in following the last news page, so my collecting had to concentrate on essentials, not all of which I am ready (photographically) to reveal.
So what little gems of history did I collect which were worthy of your precious time?
First off, following a tip-off from member 'Eric', I managed to acquire two complete sets of badges, (GNC(2); Hospital(3); Midwifery(1); RCN(2); Soroptomist(1)) plus Certificates(10), issued to a distinguished retired nurse and his wife. Along with the promise of his professional history which will hopefully be added to our nurse history bank. A superb gain. But one which curtailed my collecting habit somewhat (not a bad thing sometimes) and took a little time to complete.
The GNC badges are 1953 (chromium plated) varieties - but coming from a distinguished background they are of considerable historical value. The Hospital (training school) badges are equally desirable. A Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital; a St Charles Hospital; a 1956 Kingston General hospital (Hull); a 1957 CMB (Scotland); plus two versions of the older RCN badges are very nice and the certificates superb.
But the attraction doesn't stop there - the fact that the two nurses were a married couple makes these two (complete) sets precious. They should never be broken. The photographs will follow - hopefully in the October news page.
I also acquired a number of GNC badges
for use in the article just published herein - a nice 1922 SRN; a low
numbered 1926 RSCN; further SRN - 1930; 1933; and a 1948 RMND. All of which
will feature (photos) in the GNC article. The reverse sides highlight some
of the many differences between these badges.
Maybe it wasn't just luck - maybe it was the little people!
Imagine. Imagine that you
had a full set of state badges, all of them, English, Irish, Scottish
and Welsh, but couldn't find enough time to look at them...
Forgive yourself? you never would.... Save yourself the worry -
ask me to look after them for you!
Well, a lot of missing
names, but once again 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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