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Welcome to the eighth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
Doesn't really sound like a lot, and I am sure that everyone involved must wonder where all the time used in the site so far has gone... It would be nice if we received gold bars to distribute among the poor and needy in return... But we really do possess something much, much nicer. A free website dedicated to the history of the nursing profession - for those who made it - you!
The main site
(no registration needed - enjoy) a useful research tool where you can
find seriously useful links about schools of nursing and hospitals used;
their badges; specialities and, via the National Archives link, their
histories and present status.
And you do need, at present, to
register on the forum in order to be able to see and use the photo
galleries. If you only want to see the photographs - register. It costs nothing
except a (self chosen) username and a valid email address. We don't mind you
just looking - you are most welcome.
It has been something of a long haul, and perhaps a long wait for those
who have been awaiting the start of our publication for our nurse-histories.
They are of course based on research and that takes time. The
researches into the history of Florence Nightingale herself are still alive
and well xx years after she herself died! And the publication of her
histories were started well before that!
The Nurse History list...
This is the current list of all the histories we have been able to progress so far - though not necessarily in the order they will be published:-
1. The first to arrive, perhaps two years ago now, was Nurse Leila M. Hyde - a Haygarth silver medalist at Chester Royal Infirmary in 1925. I was almost struck dumb when I acquired her other badges, including her Chester Royal Hospital badge! Slowly progressing. We have much background history but need more specifics...
2. A second was Nurse Blakeway - A Bristol United (Southmead) Hospital nurse - a 1932 Gold Medalist. Her nephew supplied a little information, including that she was an army nurse in WW2 an subsequently emigrated to Australia. And her photograph. What superb trace elements! Some progress made. A difficult one to progress!
3. The third was Nurse M. Brown, Beckett Miners Hospital. Her badges; a photograph and some other paperwork provide more clues. Progressing. Tantalisingly enigmatic, but we will crack it - perhaps with your help?
4. A fourth was Miss Catherine (Katie) Roberts, a Welsh nurse whose career spanned at least 31 years. Progressing a superb history. A link with a relative; badges; photographs and historical paperwork.
5. The fifth was Miss Elsie Fletcher who ended her career as Matron of New Hall Hospital, Southport. A 1936 Medal awarded to her started the chase. Started - feels outstanding. Again we have a link with a relative who has supplied much history and photographs and historical detail.
6. The sixth was Mary Ellen Watkin who
retired as a St Bartholomew's (London) nurse after a career including also
Tigne Hospital, Malta as a VAD nurse in WWI and Tower Hospital, Liverpool
nursing injured soldiers in WWII. Almost ready (a few
more photographs) stunning!
Collecting... A little research... And a competition! Three prizes!
Research is an integral aspect of collecting. The 'what?', the 'where?', the 'when?', the 'how?' and the seemingly all important 'why?' are the basis, I believe, of the human motivation to collect anything. No doubt exponents of the study of human behaviour could offer plausible explanations, perhaps even correct ones. But for me those five small questions have it all. Again, the sum of the whole (again for me) is much greater than the sum of the parts. Or at least equal to it... In common terms, the thrill of the chase - what, where, when, why and how, is great. Savoring the result is absolute magic! And, the more difficult the chase the more exquisite the result tastes.
So what about the competition, what about the prize (and all the other questions one might ask). Well, here is the start of a chase for anyone who would like to collect a free DVD of the film 'Atonement' - (the prize) - with it's short but magnificent sequences of St Thomas hospital, nurses and probationers... The badges below are not prizes!
First, consider these two London Hospital badges. Beautifully designed and produced, right down to the detailed engraving. The differences between the two, both very sought after collector items, is obvious. Isn't it?...
Second, answers the following questions in an entry email:-
1. What hospital do
these badges represent?
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