Nursing medals from yesteryear

December 1, 2020

As part of the celebrations to mark the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife at the Whanganui District Health Board, a display of nursing medals was mounted in the cabinet in the main hospital corridor.

Nursing medals on displayThere were more than 40 medals from round New Zealand and several from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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The medals represented more than 50 years of history – Plunket training with Sir Truby King’s name on the medal, School of Advanced Nursing Studies in Wellington, a variety of NZNO badges, especially from special interest groups, as well as NZNA student nurses’ badges from 1960.


“Many of the courses represented by these badges have been superseded, but it was nurses of yesteryear who raised money and worked hard, so the education of today’s nurses is fit for the 21st century and beyond,” said archivist and retired registered nurse Ailsa Stewart.