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State Registered Nurse's shoulder flash, England, 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).

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    Glossary: nursing

    The study and practice of caring for and waiting on the sick, injured, or others unable to look after themselves or to deal with their specific medical needs.

    Glossary: shoulder flash

    something worn on the shoulder of a military uniform as an emblem of a division etc.

    Glossary: uniform

    Identifying garments or styles of dress worn by the members of a given profession, organization, or rank.

    Glossary: State Registered Nurse

    A State Registered Nurse (SRN) is a person who practises nursing and who has been trained to a level that meets the standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK.