This enamel on Sterling Silver Nurses Badge is 1" in diameter....there is a some enamel loss as per pictures. The badge is engraved on the back.....H. CRANFIELD.... S.R.N 67986.... 10.3.33.... REG. No. 700947. There are Hallmarks for Birmingham at base.
The First World War provided the final impetus to the establishment of nursing regulation, partly because of the specific contribution made by nurses to the war effort and also as a reflection of the increased contribution of women more generally in society.
The College of Nursing [later the RCN] was established in 1916 and three years later MP Major Barnett introduced a private members bill to establish a regulatory system.
The bill was finally passed in December 1919 and separate Nurses Registration Acts were passed for England/Wales, Scotland and Ireland [still one country at that time]. These acts established the General Nursing Council for England and Wales and the other bodies which survived intact until the legislative changes in 1979 which were to create the UKCC and the National Boards.
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