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July 2012
(Vol 6 Issue 2) 

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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three since the last news page, plus an ebay to-and fro'ing of two badges (a pair) which were subsequently (apparently) withdrawn from sale. One that was not withdrawn was the badge of and photograph of Ms Barbara Tyler - "Assistant Matron-in-Charge at St. Thomas' Hydestile (Godalming, Surrey), when the hospital was moved out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 .
Ms Barbara Tyler Assistant Matron St Thomas Hospital Hydestle London Badge box - Florence Nightingale School of Nursing Badge Box & Badge - Florence Nightingale School of Nursing  St Thomas hospital Badge of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing  St Thomas hospital Badge (reverse) of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing  St Thomas hospital Terms of Service Florence Nightingale School of Nursing  St Thomas hospital

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.

The seller of the Nightingale SEN + registration badge, half her complete set (see Col below) wanted the money to fund charitable work in India, and was in the process of going there to do it personally (!) - and yes, I dug a little into my pockets too - not nearly as deeply as I would have wished.... We might get a report or two from India...

And a new article. Our first from Sarah Rogers, who trained at the London Hospital, on the absolutely fascinating illustrated history of the badge. From a London hostelry (better known as a pub!) in 1740, to date
!  The original Hospital was known as The London Infirmary, becoming the London Hospital in 1748, and again to become the Royal London Hospital on it's 250th anniversary in 1990...

The history of the badge, reflected in it's design is equally fascinating. Even though it did not exist until the early 1920's. It's evolution can be readily traced from it's original instigation (Irene Paulin); it's motto (Sir William Blizzard) and coat of arms (Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston); to say nothing of the presiding matron at it's introduction. Well Researched. Well written. Go here to read it now (There is a return-here link). 

Member Photograph Galleries.
Accumulating, now very, very slowly in the last quarter. The 'National' galleries now contain 2655 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 350 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 69 photographs of nurse uniforms, both civilian and military will we achieve 4000 by the end of 2012? It seems like a very tall order....

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Irish Nursing Badges

Rotunda Hospital. Nursery Nurse (Rt) St Patrick's Hospital Waterford

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.

*There is a terrific amount of cataloguing to do because all the labels and descriptions have to be added so that search engines, and thereby searchers (you perhaps?), can find them on the internet. It seems an impossible task, but my, haven't we just come a very long way? I think that we are going to need help....

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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...

All images copyright 'pugwash' SoN 2012

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).

The bottom two would have taken two years to obtain, whilst the top two would have taken a further eighteen months (minimum). Only the bottom two badges in the photograph were sold - for a total sum of 539.99 (including postage). The badges themselves? As one lot? I would say priceless! Common sense dictates that in strict monetary terms all four badges would bring around 1200.00...  But a set of all four to the same nurse? And would she sell them with the certificates as a complete set? I think that a serious bidder at auction could expect to pay at least 1500.00 - 2000.00... At least...

But, 'pugwash', having spent considerable time and effort obtaining her experience and qualifications, then did what only a truly dedicated nurse would do, she used, or is using now, the money raised to go to India (leaving a husband at home!) for four months and take part in a polio immunization program...

Have a look at her own sales push:-

........ up for auction (is) my Nightingale School of Nursing Badge and my corresponding GNC badge. circa 1980.

This is a rare example of the EN badge.

Nightingale badge is hall marked silver and the pin and catch are in working order. My name is engraved on the back. There is a tiny chip in the blue enamel between the 6oclock rose and the 9 o'clock fleur de lyis. To my knowledge it went round the hospital laundry a couple of times.

Bronze GNC badge with my registration number on the back.

To preserve my identity I have not photo'ed the back of the badge but if you email me, I will gladly let you have an image.

I was one of the lucky few to convert to RN and was awarded my RN Nightingale badge too ( most definitely not for sale)

I am raising money to go to India for 4 months to take part in the Polio immunisation programme so its in a good cause.....

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!

Lets have another look at what 'pugwash' sold:-

All images copyright 'pugwash' SoN 2012

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'....

Imagine then, that you had never been able to acquire a full Nightingale badge set, but that you could make a donation to support someone like 'pugwash' - and did! ..... Sleep soundly at night? You will, I promise...

Another look at a photograph from the past - this one
from October 1954

Medway Central Preliminary Training School at Oakwood Hospital, Maidstone

Medway Central Preliminary Training School group Photograph 1954
*Training Hospitals/Details Click Here

Back Row (standing): 1.Jerry Parker. 2. Maureen Lawrence, 3.Ron Thwaites. 4.A Thomas. 5. Norman Carr*.  6.Jean Branson. 7.J Hogan.
Middle Row (standing):  8.Anthony Smith*. 9.Julie Wadham. 10.Shirley Burrows. 11.Maureen Ibbott.  12.Dinah Hamel. 13.Maureen Murphy. 14.Julie McWater*. 15.Sheila Ramshaw*. 16.Susan Coker.
Front Row (seated): 17.Thelma Cherry. 18.Jose Chick.  20.Shirley Evans.  21.Miss G Ferris. &  22.Mr K Darley (Nurse Tutors).  23.Beryl Jackson*. 24.Janet Abbot*. 25.LilianWaldie. 26.Evelyn Rossiter.
The six names marked with * were student nurses at the West Kent General Hospital, Maidstone.        
Photo Gallery Click Here.

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.

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).
13. Right-one50 (Oct - (ebay).
14. jcollinsmedals (Dec - (ebay).
15. Brittania Medals (Dec 2009).
16. elaine3080 (Feb 2010) - (ebay).
17. Fran Biley (Feb 2010) - schoolsofnursing.
18. St Andrews Children's Hospice - Grimsby.
19.themedalcentre - (ebay).
 20. Christmas 1923 - Eric Wilkinson, schoolsofnursing.
21. past-modern - (ebay).
22. susie1156 - (ebay).
23. redsunshine525 - (ebay).
24. nbarton8 - (ebay).
25. magpieantics - (ebay)
26. rayofhope0 - (ebay).
27. Anotheluckb - (ebay).
28. Helen M Coan.
29. yazandlaz - (ebay).
30. delroyb - (ebay).
31. Burmeseblue - (ebay).
32. amersham417 - (ebay).
33.Bethesda - (ebay).
34. nikkibarnard - (ebay).
35. madeinireland - ebay.
36. jamesmcg - (ebay).
37. pugwash - schoolsofnursing.
38. Sarah Rogers - schoolsofnursing.

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

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