Silver and blue enamel badge of The General Nursing Council for England and Wales, England, 1930

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Silver and blue enamel badge of The General Nursing Council for England and Wales, presented to Lillian Carter, S.R.N. on 28 March 1930, English, 1930

The General Nursing Council of England and Wales was the formal body for nursing training, examination and registration, founded by the Nurses Registration Act of 1919. Once qualified, nurses became State Registered Nurses (SRN). This badge commemorates Lillian Carter becoming an SRN in 1930.

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 and examination of nurses resulted in a professional qualification and so improved their status. Today the SRN qualification is a requirement for a nursing job in hospitals in the United Kingdom.


Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
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enamel and silver
  • visual and verbal communication
Mirrielees, Esther

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