Finding your nursing ancestorHi Sue, Yes, it is possible to track your grandmother down, though many records have been destroyed over the years. I recommend you join the FB Group WWI Australian and New Zealand nurses, their is a wealth of information in their files about this very topic https://www.facebook.com/groups/231152183701926/
head coveringsI really enjoyed reading your article.
I am curious as to the history of head-coverings by nurses in Australia. In the USA, most nurses wore a cap (usually white) in the particular design coinciding with her nursing school or university of graduation up until the early to mid 1970s. Students in nursing would have "capping" ceremonies that were a big deal attended by family and well wishers. It represented a certain measure of accomplishment in the road to becoming a "real nurse." After that time, caps or head coverings of any kind for nurses (except in the operating room itself, where it was necessary to have an all encompassing head covering for maintaining sterility) fell out of favor. It was thought to represent a relationship akin to that of a "maid" or "servant"; "handmaid to the physician" instead of encouraging nursing to be recognized as a profession in its own right. Was there a similar movement in the history of Australian nursing?
Capping ceremoniesHeh Sara, Caps were worn in Australian hospitals, I don't know of 'capping ceremonies' but I am not a nurse.
The AANS and VADS WWI uniform and other Commonwealth nurses at this time all wore veils on the ward. Modern nurses tell me that it goes back to religious orders, hence the term 'Sister', etc. Even ANNS in WWII, where a more modern grey and scarlett uniform was worn, veils were still the head covering on the ward. Modern AANS wear the same sort of kit as soldiers.
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