State Registered Nurse's shoulder flash, England, 1925-1940

1925-1940 in England

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Group shot. SRN blue hat (1982-561/148), shoulder flashes (1982-561/149 and enamel silver and blue badge. Three quarter
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Two State Registered Nurses' shoulder flashes, blue fabric with silver metal badge SRN, English, 1925-1940

The shoulder flashes are part of the uniform of a State Registered Nurse (SRN). State Registered Nurses (SRN) were set up in England and Wales with the Nurses Registration Act 1919. Formal nurse training, examination and registration were regulated by the newly formed General Nursing Council. To obtain a uniform the SRN nurse had to have a permit issued by the General Nursing Council.

From 1925 onwards, the only nurses who could register were those that had trained and passed examinations at a school approved by the Council. Nurses also had to be over 21 years of age. This formal training, examination and professional qualification improved the status of nurses. Today, the SRN qualification is a requirement for a nursing job in hospitals in the United Kingdom. The shoulder flashes are shown here with a SRN hat (1982-561/148) and a badge for the General Nursing Council for England and Wales (1982-561/150).


Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
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brass (copper, zinc alloy), cardboard, chromium plated, complete, cotton (textile) and wool
overall (each 'flash' lying flat): 12 mm x 46 mm x 100 mm, 0.0149 kg
shoulder flash
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
Mirrielees, Esther

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