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QNI calendar celebrates 70 years of NHS community nursing

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The Queen’s Nursing Institute 2018 calendar celebrates the 70th anniversary of the NHS with photographs and other images from the charity’s archive going back to 1948.

The calendar also includes quotes and snippets from 1948 issues of the Queen’s Nurses’ Magazine, including nurses’ exam questions, recipes and health news from that time.

“District and community nursing was one of the pillars on which the NHS was founded”

Crystal Oldman

The archives show that not only food and fuel, but other items such as nurses’ uniforms were subject to rationing at this time.

The calendar is available from the QNI online shop priced £6.50 including p&p. It is also available from the Florence Nightingale Museum.

All proceeds from the sale of the calendar go to charity and help the QNI in its work, supporting working and retired nurses today and in the future.

Dr Crystal Oldman, QNI chief executive said, said: “District and community nursing was one of the pillars on which the NHS was founded in 1948.

“District nursing, together with health visiting, community midwifery, school nursing and infant welfare were already well developed services when the NHS came into being,” she noted.

“Then as now, community nurses had a central role to play in public and population health and wellbeing during a time of austerity,” said Dr Oldman.

She added: “These services have grown and developed over the past 70 years to meet the ever changing needs of our population and we should celebrate their unique achievements.”

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  • My time as a District Nurse was the most rewarding challenging and important time of my long nursing career. Every day reinforced my values of social justice and community life,
    District and Community nurses are the life blood of our NHS and indeed the answer to most of the challenges today, invest respect and allow the nurses to practice to their knowledge level,
    Every day as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State my experience and knowledge helped me be a better informed minister, This is a call to arms District Nurses please be more political get stuck in as only you can, I know that you could do a much improved job than the standard made in a factory minister. From silence to Voice, a louder voice I will always be with you and always proud and in awe of all you do

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