CQUniversity celebrated International Nurses Day on May 12th, with a reader’s theatre event. Here a group of Nursing, Education and Creative Arts staff and students presented “Courage to Care” a scripted reading, telling of the role Australian Nurses had in the wars. It was a fantastic event and demonstrated without doubt the 6 C’s of Nursing – Care, compassion, Competence, communication, courage and commitment. This period nurses uniform dates through the Boer War and First World Wars. In fact when I started my nursing training we were wearing a very similar uniform minus the removable cuffs and collars. Our capes were longer and long sleeves were being phased out. When I graduated I wore a veil but prior to then a nurses cap with the stripes to denote what year I was in.
Not only was the cape red but also the liner for the tucker basket and red jam on the scones.
These three photos are from the museum in my training hospital. The model with the veil below is the uniform I wore when I graduated.
An antiquated cot – the red bulb belongs to a breast pump whilst the other instrument was used to listen to foetal heart sounds.