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Predicate Object 20 Nov 2002 2002-11-20T00:00:00.000Z 2002-11-20T00:00:00.000Z 2002.114.7 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2002.114.7 2002-11-20T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-18T04:31:44.037Z 60,_New_Zealand nursing/medical services/wars New Zealand Registered Nurse qualification badge issued to 1125 Nurse Kathleen S Cumming who qualified as a Registered Nurse at Auckland Hospital in 1912. The Badge The designer of the Five Pointed Star was Mrs Grace Neill, who was appointed assistant inspector of hospitals in New Zealand in 1895. Mrs Neill was successful in having the State Registration for Nurses Act passed in 1901, and was a foundation member of the International Council of Nurses. The badge was first issued in 1901. The Five-Pointed Star badge of the New Zealand Registered Nurses was the recognised badge of those connected with Medicine and "originated with the Priests of the Temple of Isis...who had become a powerful body of healing... To secure admission of reliable and worthy men Oaths of Allegiance were sworn upon a representation of a five-point star... Each point of the star was of peculiar import representing volition, fidelity, or intellect and were explained to the candidate for admission as follows: 1. The Hand. That my hand shall be ever extended to help, comfort and relieve the sick and suffering. 2. The Foot. That my feet shall not falter, loiter or linger, when journeying to alleviate the suffering of the sick. 3. The Knee. That my knee shall bow in supplication to Almighty Ra, for aid in my endeavour to succour and relieve the sick and the suffering. 4. The Breast. That my breast shall be a safe and sacred repository for any secret entrusted to me or divulged during the sickness of delirium, or otherwise obtained. 5. The Head. That I will constantly pursue the study of the secret arts. That I will exercise my knowledge to the benefit of the suffering mental or bodily distress and that I will disseminate such knowledge among others that my preceptors may authorise and direct." From: The Origin of the Five Point Star: Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, Volume IX, Issue 1, January 1916, Page 42 Sister Kathleen Susan Cumming Pre-WW1 trained at Auckland Hospital [State Certificate Dec. 1911 - 4-1/2 years, and Maternity Certificate in December 1913, Auckland Hospital Gold Medal]. Subsequently, working in private nursing practise. WW1: enlisted as a nurse with the New Zealand Army Nursing Service (NZANS) on 6 July 1915 aged 37 years; embarked for foreign service on 10.7.1915, unit on embarkation Hospital Ship Maheno; returned to NZ on HS Maheno on 1.1.1916; Reported for duty 9.2.1916; appointed sister 27.7.1916; Embarked NZHS Marama; discharged from HS Marama 2nd Charter, Port Chalmers 10.8.1917, 2nd charter for duty in New Zealand; discharged from staff Marama on arrival NZ; posted on duty at Rotorua12 from 17.9.1917; struck off NZEF from 28.2.1919. During war took leave without pay [2.2.1916-7.11.1916] to nurse her sister-in-law [in South Africa?], then went back;another period of LWOP 7.3.1917-7.9.1917] nursed at Rotorua Hospital through the flu epidemic. HS Service: Middle East, Gallipoli - "saw many very sad cases ..from Gallipoli and the Dardanelles... often had to work 36 to 48 hours on end. Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory medal, Royal Red Cross (ARRC) Service chevrons: 1 blue stripe ARRC citation: Sister NZ Army Nursing Service, Military Hospital, Rotorua; London Gazette 6 August 1919, p10053 "In recognition of her nursing service under "The Red Cross Society" or "Order of St John of Jerusalem" rendered in connection with the War." After returning home, with two other nurses, Evelyn Daisy Lever (qualified Auckland School of Nursing June 1905) and Bertha Emily Taylor (Qualified Auckland Hospital December 1909), opened up "Mt Pleasant" hospital in Wakefield Street, Auckland. Miss Taylor and Miss Cumming being the Head Nurses and Miss Lever, the Theatre Nurse. After a few years Sister Cumming had to go home to look after her mother who was ill, so this ended her nursing career. Sister Cumming was a dedicated nurse and died of a heart attack while living with her sister in Hamilton in 1949 [?] New Zealand Registered Nurse qualification badge issued to 1125 Nurse Kathleen S Cumming who qualified as a Registered Nurse at Auckland Hospital in 1912. recipients name engraved verso: 1125 / KATHLEEN / S. CUMMING / Auckland Hosp. / 1912. makers name stamped verso : H. JENKINS / & SONS LTD / BIRM badge, qualification (nursing)
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