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April 2013
(Vol 7 Issue 2) 

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Welcome to our Twenty-Eighth news page here at Schools of Nursing. Our second edition this year.

Nurse Histories - Moving...
Our next history - Anthony (Tony) Sisson - special and progressing. Estimated to be still some months away from completion, but sometimes things move quite quickly. Fingers crossed but no promises right now.

And now - another
two new articles from Sarah Rogers, the first below (collections26) is about the Nurse Lilian Teasdale, who once worked at the Kent Nursing Institute in Tunbridge Wells. It is superbly illustrated with memorabilia - photographs - medals, nursing badges, and especially poems and drawings from wounded soldiers she nursed during WWI.

The second is about Nurse Elsie Winifred Ellis, (nee Osmond) who trained at the Poplar Accident Hospital from 1935-1939. She joined the QAIMNS, being attached to the 5th General Hospital in1939 in France almost immediately. She also caused no little consternation among her superiors at the time by becoming married in 1941 whilst on active-service! A seriously forbidden exercise for any nurse wishing to remain in the armed forces at that time.... Whatever the turmoil resulted, she was eventually a medal recipient of the 1939 - 45 Star; The Africa Star; and the 1939 War Medal. But at the time the nursing powers in command had first say and that was no married nurses...

Ms Barbara Tyler - St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook Part 2.
With the second part of the scrapbook collection 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". We owe our thanks to  - Gina O - who kindly gave us permission to use her photographs. And also to Keith Haikes, an American nurse who is the current owner of the book and who has provided further photographs.

Ms Barbara Tyler Assistant Matron St Thomas Hospital Hydestle London Nightingale School of Nursing prayer Possible Nightingale chapel photographs Barbara Tyler Scrapbook photographs Barbara Tyler Scrapbook photographs Barbara Tyler Scrapbook photographs

The scrapbook photographs are presented exactly as we received them - the icons above are linked to our own pages in a pseudo-reproduction - leaving a little room for us to perhaps eventually fill in the detail that the nurse creating the original, Ms Tyler, did not need since the scrapbook - and the memories it contains, was for her own use. As with any scrapbook, some of the photographs may well be meaningful only to Ms Tyler, but some are of recognizable, sometimes public figures. All are part of Barbara Tyler's story and are of historic importance as the scrapbook of a past Assistant Matron at St Thomas's Hospital. Especially this one! A glimpse of history. A treasure... PART 2 is here.

Member Photograph Galleries.
Still accumulating, albeit now more slowly. The 'National' galleries now contain 2961 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 370 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and (still) 83 photographs of nurse uniforms, both civilian and military. Will we achieve 4000 by the end of 2013? Perhaps not, but we will have made solid progress and perhaps achieve the largest collection in the UK by then if not already....

Hospital Badge - LCC St Mary Abotts Hospital National Galleries
Latest Member Uploads

Photographic rights
Hospital Badge - St Mary Abotts Hospital (Newer version)
LCC - St Mary Abbot Hospital badge And a completely different St Mary Abbot Hospital badge version

We are already at 3414 - 4000 might just be possible by the end of 2013. We are well on the way and just maybe, we will see another magic number by the end of the year, thanks to our many contributors. We can now claim to have a mini photographic museum here at schoolsofnursing. Sincere, heartfelt, thanks...

But the photographs are not our be all/end all. Our online articles are gaining too, to say nothing of our nursing histories and news pages. There is a very large amount of research involved. Someone's time. Someone's money. All given selflessly without thought of gain. What we have here are the seeds of success.

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Collecting... Assistant Nurse Badges...
Most of the badges obtained by collectors are pieces of nursing history, from which much information - names, dates, places, makers, materials, fittings and so on can be gleaned and analyzed. Although this is true of many badges some, (although these details are often there), are perhaps not commonly sought after by collectors, leaving a possible hole in our knowledge. Perhaps because they are seeking the more esoteric badges, something more attractive. But these badges, still quite rare in the 'sought after' lists of the collector, deserve serious attention. They were presented to assistant nurses - auxiliaries - who did not take a statutory course of training...

But in reality, quite apart from encouraging such nurses to further their knowledge and skills, they also formed a portal of entry to nurse training. A way in which they could gain formal recognition of achievement - and a means of possibly progressing beyond the basics. Have a look at the badges below:-

Colchester RECH Assistant Nurse badge Selly Oak Assistant Nurses Training School badge

All images copyright 'backman' 2013

Absolute magic! Superb designs, stunning execution of manufacture. Could easily have been for an SRN qualifier - except for the wording R.E.C.H. COLCHESTER - 'NURSING ASSISTANT'. And why not, these badges were, more than likely, gained after a course of training by someone who cared about being a nurse.

And also those who cared about rewarding their efforts. The Medal below was awarded to one Gladys Prior of St Margaret's Hospital, Epping on July 31st 1942. It is marked 'Training of Assistant Nurses'. I am personally uncertain whether it was to an assistant nurse, or a nurse who taught them. Solid silver. Hallmarked. A serious piece of nursing history from those with the foresight to recognize the value of not only Assistant Nurses but also the permanent recording of that history...

Silver Medal - Galdys Prior 1942 - St Margarets Hospital Epping Silver Medal - Galdys Prior 1942 - St Margarets Hospital Epping (Reverse)

All images copyright 'backman' @schoolsofnursing 2013

Sadly, none of the above are mine, but are from the magnificent collection of 'backman'.

But the following badges below are from my own collection and hopefully help show the value of awarding recognition to assistant nurses.

Workington Assisant Nurse Training School (Face side) Workington Assisant Nurse Training School (Reverse side)

copyright 'schoolsofnursing' 2013

An assistant nurse was one who assisted, ether directly or on their behalf, more highly qualified nurses carry out their duties in caring for others. For some, and for a variety of reasons, it was a career with no progression. For others it became a means to gain basic nursing expertise and to advance within the profession. A 'portal' of entry - a means of joining the profession as an enrolled or registered nurse, a midwife - or any of the other branches of the profession. It was a foothold. A start. Michael D. Riley clearly had a start at Workington Assistant nurse training School...

And he didn't stop there. According the badges I collected (which were together), by June 18th 1959 he had become an enrolled assistant nurse with the General Nursing Council for England and Wales.

Which begs a question. To become an enrolled nurse during the dates in question he would normally have needed to undertake a two year SEAN training - or be granted exemption by virtue of his previous experience.

Other possibilities - the two badges are not to the same nurse. Or the SEAN badge is not genuine. I raise the latter possibility only because, although the badges came as a pair from the same seller, there is a discrepancy of dates which needed explaining.
I honestly cannot remember the dates when special exemptions applied to nursing assistants wishing to claim enrolment by virtue of experience - it was once allowed and I know that it was possible in the early 70's. But I don't know the speciality either. My own current belief is that they are a pair, and that Michael D. Riley qualified for the GNC exemption. His nursing assistant course must have lasted at least 18months or two years either way.

But there is one other possibility - Michael D. Riley was awarded his hospital badge when he qualified SEAN with the GNC - just as an SRN qualifier receives both GNC and hospital badges.

General Nursing Council for England and Wales SEN badge General Nursing Council for England and Wales SEN badge (Reverse)

All images copyright 'schoolsofnursing' 2013

Herein lies a common problem for collectors - what evidence can be accepted as reliable when assessing badge provenance? In Michael D. Riley's case, the final possibility seems the correct one. And that Workington badge above is a super design isn't it?...

Imagine then, that the set of SEAN/SEN badges that you had collected came with an equal number of hospital badges - but that not all were marked with names and numbers - just like a bowl of false teeth! And you mixed them up! Forgive yourself - you never would! Now, whose teeth are these...?

(No New additions this month)

 Another photograph from the past - this one
from 1968

Charing Cross Hospital Preliminary Training School A 1968 set

Charing Cross Hospital Preliminary Training School  A 1968 set
*Training Hospitals/Details Click Here

Back Row (standing): 1.Name?. 2.Elizabeth Reynolds. 3.Name?. 4.Name?. 5.Jackie ?. 6.Sue Harcourt-Smith. 7.Jill Hawksby. 8.Name?. 9.Name?. 10. Name?. 11.Ann Yearwood Williams. 12.Rita Gillen Brown.

Middle Row (standing):
  13.Susan Evans. 14.Name?. 15.Name?. 16.Name?.
17.Heather Wilson. 18.- De Vignes. 19.Glynis Moss Halls.
20.Jennifer Thompson. 21.Susan Haynes. 22.Anna ?. 23.Name?.

Front Row (seated):
 24.Name?. 25.Name?. 26.Yvonne Trodd. 27.Name?. 28.Susan Levy. 29.Zeenie Datto. 30.Name?. 31.Name?. 32.Name?. 33.Anne Ruff Curnock..
     Photo Gallery Click Here.

Our sincere thanks. To Ann Williams who trained at Charing Cross Hospital, London in 1968 for the superb assistance with our current PTS photograph and information. Ann lives with her family in Trinidad!! At Christmas she shared some of her time in Trinidad with Rita Gillen Brown - another Charing Cross nurse from the same group before Rita was visiting from Ireland. Originally Drogheda, Rita now lives in Bray, just south of Dublin. Jealous? Would I be blamed?

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 24th Schools of Nursing Site News, if you can remember any of the missing names Ann Williams, and of course ourselves, would be delighted to hear from you. 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 - now sadly closed with the demise of 'Multiply'.

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