Saturday, August 25, 2007

Blue is the colour

Apropos of my recent picture on this blog, Kim was wondering what the blue epaulettes signify. She guessed rightly that they indicated that I was a staff nurse. It got me thinking about how patients in hospital work out who's what, so I thought I'd present to you:

Deacon Barry's Nurse Recognition Guide
Student Nurse. Two Species. (named after the colleges where they were hatched)
a) Napier. Plumage - blue-grey trousers, white tunic with blue piping. No epaulettes.
b) Queen Margaret. Plumage - as Napier, only burgundy.
Clinical Support Worker (CSW) Plumage - Similar trousers as Napier. No piping on tunic. Brown epaulettes. This species is rapidly supplanting the now rare:
Auxiliary. Plumage - yellow A-line dress.
Staff Nurse. Junior and senior have identical plumage. Dark trousers, white tunic, with blue epaulettes. Some females also seen in white dress with epaulettes.
Junior Sister/Charge Nurse. Epaulettes are burgundy.
Sister/Charge Nurse. Blue dress. No epaulettes. Existence of males rumoured, but not confirmed. Their epaulettes possibly black.
Higher ranks of nurses camouflaged in civilian clothing.


Martyne said...

This girl loves epaulettes. They are so sexy.

Bohemian Road Nurse... said...

I love epaulettes, too! I saw some on a KLM pilot's uniform once that were so cool. I wish we got to wear them!

Anonymous said...

epaulettes for a phlebotomy technician......hmmm

Martyne said...

bohemian road nurse

Glad we are singing from the same songsheet. Epaulettes rock.


Did you know that the fleam (a blood letting tool) is a word derived from phlebotomy? Probably too anal for most, but it works for me.