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.

4 comments:

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.

anonymous

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.