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Winning uniform on show at the abbey


A special uniform for students at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, was worn last week during the annual memorial service for the founder of nursing at Westminster Abbey.

London College of Fashion students worked with trainee nurses to come up with designs for the Fashioning the Future Nurse project.

The winning design, by Pandora Howard-Griffin, was chosen because of its comfort, style, innovative use of hidden pockets and versatility for use by men and women.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who gave the sermon at the service, is pictured taking tea with students wearing the special uniform.

The uniforms and hats were developed as part of nurses’ training programme and are not intended to be used in practice.


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  • Oh my gosh, could the colours have been any worse. Very drab.

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  • So glad I am not a student there. I love my tunic and trousers. What were they thinking?

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  • A step back in time or what?

    They look awful, even worse than the matron uniforms that make them look like cleaner. :)

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  • No men in the photo?

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  • Sure all nursing students regardless of gender will look fine in them. But the word DULL springs to mind. As for a return to hats Whatever next ???. re introduction of belts or capes perhaps. Barbara Windsor will be so proud.

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  • Latterlife Midwife

    They have got to be kidding. The colours are an awful combination. The neck is too high - it will be straining against their throats at times during patient care. The wide bands of different colours will make anyone more than stick-thin look like a house and accentuate any 'padding.' I do hope there is a tunic/trouser option for anyone who prefers them. And the caps - well, what can I say? Ceremonial or Retro Day only, hopefully? Good luck anyway, students!

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  • I get the feeling the florence hightingale school of nursing will have no male students. Seems a very sexist organisation..somebody prove me wrong?

    Uniforms smack of nursing hand maidens..attrocious (some old nurses love to think of themselves as the Dr's lackie).

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  • ugh!

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  • Anonymous | 17-May-2010 9:00 am I would love to prove you wrong but I fear you are right. And I 100 % agree with you!

    What the hell are they thinking! Apart from the aesthetics (they do look bloody awful!) what is going on with the hats? No way in hell as a guy I would wear that!

    Also they seem wholly impractical for the modern job! They seem very restrictive, so no freedom of movement. Where are the pockets exactly? I may be wrong but I can't see any! And I assume (again I may be wrong) that they are the same horrible thick polyester material as the rest of our uniforms, again a great idea in a stuffy ward when we are running round like loons!!

    If I was a student there I would flat refuse to wear that!

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  • Oh dear, oh dear.

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