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Scousemouse

one for Lizzie Royal Nurses 1968

brainbox

Great Pic Scousemouse, I wonder when the Uniforms for NHS Hospital Nurses changed into the more comfortable casual form of wear that we have today.
Lizzie

Oh my would you look at that......Laughing †I wore the very same uniform myself when I qualified in 1979 ....they were the Florence Nightingale hats... how †we longed to pass our finals to get our staff nurse uniforms and our silver belt buckles......we looked so smart...just like nurses should look in my humble opinion

Thanks for posting the pic..that has taken me back to some very happy times...feels like only yesterday I was fighting tot get my hat on straight.....

BB they stared changing the uniform styles in the early 80's
Barbie

I don't like the bonce pieces but I like the uniform. When nurses looked like nurses. I don't mean to be disrespectful but perhaps when I tell you that when I was working in a hospital, I was employed by the then catering contractors. The old folk in the geriatric wards were forever confusing us with nursing staff because of our uniforms. Now, if I had been that way minded, I could have tried anything on, maybe search their belongings and help myself, or worse!
Get my point?
I also think the nursing staff got more respect from the public when they looked more authoritative, or more like a nurse. (More professional?)
Lizzie my brother in  law's sister was a nurse back in the 70's but I don't know where she was placed.
Lizzie

Laughing †Yes Barbie those hats were a force to be reckoned with...... Rolling Eyes
brainbox

Thanks for the info on the date of uniform change Lizzie, I too prefer the old style, in my opinion it displayed a more professional image, and as Barbie's point indicates the new style although more practicle and comfortable somehow lacks the status that the wearer of it it deserves.    ..Not to mention the fact that there was more leg on show in the old days   Razz
Alice

That is a lovely photo SM and that is how nurses should look today, smart and professional.

I say bring back that uniform!
Scousemouse

Alice wrote:
That is a lovely photo SM and that is how nurses should look today, smart and professional.

I say bring back that uniform!

I say bring back lots snd lots of things Shocked
Barbie

I can remember, just, nurses wearing navy blue capes with a red cross over fastener of some sort for the outdoor wear.
Lizzie

Ahh Barbie the navy blue capes.....they had a red lining and as you say the red cross over fasteners.................To be worn when out side the hospital on official business....never allowed outside in your uniform at any other time

On Christmas eve we used to do carols on the wards and we would go to each one with lanterns and wearing our capes in reverse so the red was on the outside..all the lights would be dimmed and we would sing beside the Christmas tree at the end of each ward
Barbie

Oh my, I'd cried my eyes out listening to you all. How lovely that you did that though. I doubt he staff have time these days to stand by christmas trees singing carols.

It surprises me the amount of hospital workers that go to and from the hospitals in their uniforms. I've seen theatre staff in their greens and blues and the clogs they wear on buses and in the streets, not to mention the catering staff etc. Talk about picking up germs and taking them into the hospital!  Rolling Eyes
Lizzie

Funny but they always say how busy they are these days bit in reality they have it easier than we ever did...we did not have hoist's  to lift pts it was the old Australian lift method..you basically lugged them up the bed manually..... Rolling Eyes

No disposable bed pans and bottles...we had to sluice them and then stick them in a huge bed pan washer thingy....had to roll bandages ourselves....the list is endless

It sickens me to see staff out side in their uniforms....we would have been hung drawn and quartered back in the good old days.....or at least sent to the Senior Nursing Officer which was a worse punishment..... Laughing
Barbie

Lizzie, I agree that you had it harder back then for the reasons you give. It just seems t me that there are less of you employed (like everywhere these days) and therefore no time to stop and chat with patients, or as you did, sing around a Christmas tree.
Even where I work in Hell's Kitchen now we ar down to 14 yet it was 20 when I first started there. We even had our hours cut 3 years ago. Same amount of work, less hours and less staff...... Evil or Very Mad
Lizzie

Definitely being understaffed does play a huge role in pt care.....my dept is desperately lacking in able bodied people.....sadly the NHS does not attract people like it used to....long hours,crap pay, poor working conditions.......that is why most people move to the private sector....
brainbox

Thats what we all have suspected and experienced ourselves Lizzie, but hearing it from someone directly involved from day to day makes it all the more depressing.. † †Conservative long term thinking is without doubt to privatise the whole Service... who will suffer the most when that happens ?
I see David Camereon has hurt his back whilst on his Hols......Imagine the fuss that will be made over him with that.
Alice

Lizzie, I have read that nurses taking a degree was detrimental to the caring of nurses towards their patients, Stafford General hospital for example.  What do you think?
Lizzie

Oh my donít get me started on that one................as far as I am concerned nurses are nurses to care for the sick...my pet hate are nurse practitioners..if I am sick I want to be seen and have my diagnosis made by a DOCTOR....and my nursing needs taken care of by a NURSE

Comes to something when we are told that students need to have a year to learn compassion..... Shocked  for crying out loud you have it or you donít and if you donít nursing is not for you..it is not something you can be taught..........

As we were always told nurses are born not made

The fundamental parts of nursing have long gone..ie the mopping of the fevered brow scenario.....I know I am very old fashioned in my views but I will stand by them to the end of my days...too much emphasis is made on getting degrees which means that a lot of nurses now feel it is below them to wipe an arse of clean up puke.... Evil or Very Mad
Barbie

Lizzie.....

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