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Welcome to our Twenty-fifth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
The third edition this year.
Nurse Histories - Moving...
Our next history - Anthony (Tony) Sisson is now on the work bench - special and progressing. A way to go....
'Nightigales' sing in Berkley Square....
But that is only part of the story! They also sing, I believe, (along with the choir and congregation) in the nurses chapel of Westminster Abbey in London on the occasions of the annual Nightingale service. An annual event held close to Florence Nightingale's birthday on 12 May 1820. A remarkable, moving service. Have a look at some of the photographs from this years (2012) service here. An outline of the service is Here. And the main reports of the Florence Nightingale Foundation are here.
All this might not seem immediately relevant, as the service does not next take place until 2013, but the amount of activity surrounding these Nightingale school badges is noticeably very high. At least three since the last news page, plus an ebay to-and fro'ing of two badges (a pair) which were subsequently (apparently) withdrawn from sale. One that was not withdrawn was the badge of and photograph of Ms Barbara Tyler - "Assistant Matron-in-Charge at St. Thomas' Hydestile (Godalming, Surrey), when the hospital was moved out of London during the Blitz of 1941. Links repeated below if anyone wants another look. Left Click Here .
Both successful sales - the one above and the one we
deal with below in the 'Collecting... The impossible!!...' column below,
netted the lucky auction winners more than
£500 per badge. On the other hand, the seller of Ms Tylers' badge (Gina O)
has very kindly donated a full set of Ms Tylers' scrap-book photographs for
reproduction here on SoN. Well done Gina, and very many thanks - sincerely.
Member Photograph Galleries.
Right now it doesn't look at all likely,
but who knows, there are troughs and peaks throughout the year, and although
we have several more photographs in the pipeline the number is obviously
finite. One of the problems with attempting an estimate is that we just
don't have the total numbers in any particular category. Having said that we
are by no means discontented - we have a very fair number and the quality
remains high on average.
Collecting... The impossible!!...
Seems to be a little sensationalist if not to say, well, impossible. But bear with me for just a little while - as I just know that I can convince you that the impossible really has become possible. And that it has been made so in this case by just one selfless St Thomas Hospital School of Nursing nurse who started by collecting badges. But not, I feel very certain, with that intent...
So here they are, all at the same
time, all awarded to the same nurse - schoolsofnursing forum member 'pugwash'.
Top left her GNC Registration badge; Rt St Thomas (Nightingale SoN) Badge
(for registered nurses); Bottom left St Thomas (Nightingale SoN) SEN Badge;
and the State Enrolled Nurse badge of the GNC (bottom Rt).
Now this really is a badge collector.
After her years of hard work gaining her qualifications whilst caring for
others, she sells half her irreplaceable badge set and uses the money raised
to travel to India to take part in a polio immunisation programme. Selfless,
totally selfless. Dedicated beyond doubt. Superbly so.. Now where have I
heard of such qualities before? Some sort of bird? ...No, not a bird,
a nurse - a Nightingale - a real one!
Irreplaceable. No way could I ever
collect such a badge set - not all four together, from the same nurse.
Impossible. And a nurse who sells the badges to raise money to go to India
for four months and spend it on a polio vaccination program? Out of this
world. Beyond the ken... A real star. Well done 'pugwash'....
Another look at a photograph from the past - this one
Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the
24th Schools of Nursing Site News, so for now I will say goodbye and
wish you all well.
We express our grateful appreciation to those people
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