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Welcome to our seventeenth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
Our final edition for this year and for what we hope has been a good 2010 for everyone.
Since the last news page we have gone right in with both feet and have commenced two new nurse histories
Since our last news page we have added our latest nurse history - Sister Marjorie Earley - which has been generally very well received by all who have made comment. If you didn't see/receive the forum notice the link is here. We are also proceeding with our next nurse history and have already collected much supporting material which is going to take some little time to compile. Not the easiest way to collect nursing history - it would perhaps be easier just to collect nurses - but then where could we keep them? Build a hospital perhaps!? No, nurse histories it must be...
Being Christmas it would be ever so nice to be able to kick off with a competition. Last year we were able to reward one or two no doubt happy competition winners with some very nice badges - and a copy of the DVD film 'Atonement'. This year we don't have a bountiful Santa sack so we are leaving the competition until our January 2011 news page.
One thing that must be said (before merry Christmas!) concerns our forum membership. It is growing slowly but surely, and every member is treasured, but sometimes the registration process is more lengthly than need be. All that is required is a user name and a valid email address. There are various mechanisms used to keep even that data safe - you can, for example, choose to hide your email address from view, but it must still be valid. Entering 'Jotmail' instead of 'Hotmail' could result in rejection of a membership.
Spammers also use several techniques in their attempts to join forums - one of which is almost unbelievable user names. The final arbiter here is human (very!) please, keep the user name simple - your dog, cat or even parrot are good sources. Or just use your own, it was good enough for your parents!!
Member Photograph Galleries.
The galleries are becoming a
small on-line museum and are 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... And Even More badges!
But not exclusively so, and not only badges, although admittedly the majority of my latest acquisitions were, but also at least one nursing certificate obtained as a 'swap'. I think that not nearly enough of us bother to swap items - it often seems easier to bid at auction rather than go to the trouble of trying to get a swap of something like equal value. In addition auction sites like ebay add layers of security between buyers and sellers - and the promise of your money back if it all goes pear-shaped!
Perhaps we should start a swap-shop attached to the forum?
So how did my own collecting go recently? It went both up and down. I feel that I added a couple of very nice badges, one very nice, but I also found a lack of what I feel are nice items to bid on, and actually made a couple of lack-luster bids on ebay that went nowhere because I was bidding out of boredom and didn't pursue either to the end.
However, this RMND badge (photo courtesy 'tonto2k' -ebay) did take my fancy. Quite apart from the fact that it is from one of the less common Registers - Registered Nurse for the Mentally Defective - it is one of the less frequently seen 'buttonhole' fitting versions. Nurses could request either buttonhole or pin fittings, not too many requested 'buttonholes' - usually male nurses, and not too many were RNMD qualified.
But the real 'McCoy' , which made the
badge a wanted item for me, the inscriptions on the reverse are not
inscriptions at all, but appear to be stamped into the metal in a very neat
font which I had not come across before. This one will be in the next
article on GNC (E&W) badge differences. It is a nice item issued in 1955.
I haven't been able to discover very much about the recipient of the badge, but I do have his name - Mr Sidney Edward Lockwood, and of course know, like almost everyone else in the civilized world, a little about the Royal Chelsea Hospital. I wonder if Mr Lockwood was a Chelsea Pensioner? Or perhaps a member of staff? Or perhaps... Any ideas will be gratefully received. 'Past-modern' (ebay) kindly donated the photographs.
I did, naturally (!) acquire one or two other badges - but, approaching
Christmas, they are gifts for a close relative, an avid collector of
military badges. Two very nice RAMC badges - I believe WWII vintage. Already
possessing a gold version of the one on the right, but neither of these
particular versions, I have to confess that, since I had not revealed my
relatives Xmas present to him, I was very sorely tempted to possess all
three, but then....
Imagine. That you were in the same
position, like myself, sorely tempted... And kept the badges for
yourself.. Forgive yourself? You never would....! And
there is always the ghost of Christmas past to think about!
Another Photograph from the past...This time
Well, we don't seem to be able to
identify nurse May McConkey but it must have been quite a festive
spirit - all those nurses just standing around in full view of Sister... And
is that a doctor sitting on the foot of a bed?! The ward decorations can be
clearly seen - though would paper garlands be allowed today? A piece of the
magical past from member Eric Wilkinson.
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