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Certificate for a Registered Nurse, United Kingdom, 1925

This certificate confirms that Mary Agnes Jones became a State Registered Nurse on 24 April 1925; her registration number can be seen in the top left hand corner. State Registered Nurses (SRN) came into being in England and Wales after the introduction of the Nurses Registration Act of 1919. Formal nursing training, examination and registration were regulated by the newly formed General Nursing Council. From 1925, 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.

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Glossary: certificate

Documents giving authoritative recognition of a fact, qualification, or promise

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.