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From: Cynsational
Date: 03-31-2006, 07:49 PM (1 of 4)
Does anyone know where I can find either free or paid RN/Nursing designs? I have seen a few, but they are mostly cartoon-like and I need something a little more professional looking. My husband is in the RN program and would like me to design a logo for the school he goes to using the RN symbol, which is also called a Caduceus.

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From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-31-2006, 09:11 PM (2 of 4)

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From: Sancin
Date: 04-01-2006, 12:22 AM (3 of 4)
It seems to me I have discussed this before if not on this list on another. The caduceus is a MEDICAL symbol that Hallmark or some other commercial company tacked RN onto (I don't think doctors even use it - it has an ancient Greek basis). No professional body of nursing has ever acknowledged it. There really aren't any official nursing symbols, but traditionally a nursing cap or nursing pin or lamp was used to symbolize nursing, even if they are very old fashioned and gendered symbols.

Each school of nursing has it's own symbols and designs which is usually on the medal/pin that they purchase or are presented upon graduation. Some nursing programs have undergraduate designs for students to wear on crests or pins on student uniforms to differentiate them from other people in health care agencies.

The design of the symbol of the school is usually the privilege of the first class of students to graduate from the nursing program, unless the entire student body decides to redesign one. For instance I graduated from the UBC school of nursing as a member of the third class to graduate through the school in 1964. The first class, through the nursing student council (or whatever it was called at that time), designed the symbols on our grad pin - it was gold with scallops around the circular edge to indicate sun rays, and in the centre was a setting sun and the wording Tu em est - UBC school of nursing around the setting sun. Part of the symbol of the university - the western setting sun. As it was 14 c. gold about 10 years later students found the cost of the pins very high so they designed a new one in silver. Nursing medal pins are a way nurses recognize each other in the work place and are a great way to meet people!

Until my retirement I was a nursing teacher and was a member of first faculty in 2 separate schools of nursing. Pin designs was controversial in the student body, but in each case they designed a variety of pins and took a vote. In one case the university tried to control the pin design, but as it is a graduate pin they had no control over it.

Your husband should check out what his schools design/symbol is. In Great Britain, the graduate pin is produced through the national registry thus everyone wears the same pin. Graduate pins usually have the person's name or initials engraved on the back and their year of graduation. Jewelers will not reproduce the pin/medal without a letter from the program or institute to indicate the person is eligible to wear it.

I am interested in nursing symbols as I inherited a collection box of pins from a great aunt. Initially I thought they were just ordinary school club pins. Eventually I did recognize several as pins/medals from a nursing school close to where I was then working. On the back were initials of the owners and numbers 13 and 3..? I was slow to recognize that it meant that the original owners were the 13th and ? to graduate from the Royal Victoria School of Nursing in Montreal ... the first school of nursing in Canada so the pins are pretty historic. Later, I taught the history of nursing. In a textbook, I saw a picture of the graduate pin from Belview Hospital in New York, which was the first school of nursing (based on Florence Nightingale's principles) in the US. That pin belonged to my grandfather's twin sister who graduated in New York for some reason and was the first Canadian nurse to die in the 1st world .... somewhat ignobly from dysentery and not action.... tho a miserable way to die wherever.

I am sure you didn't want to read all this but thought you may be interested as the history of nursing is not always taught in nursing programs anymore.
If you or your husband can't find the design of his program of nursing, you could go to your state or province's registration organization or even the International Council of Nursing where you may find a symbol. I doubt whether you will find a ready made design ready to down load. Where does your husband want to put the design? On his uniform pocket perhaps? Sentimenality often states one should wear their pins over his or her heart. There may be regulations at the agency he works for or his nursing program about what can put onto uniforms. I know it sounds very regulated and controlling, and I agree that it is, but there it is! Remember, nursing has it basis in the military!

I have a few suggestions and mini designs if you are looking for a generic design and will try to describe them to you if you PM me. I have no idea even how to start to post something for everyone to look at.

Good Luck to you and your husband in his studies. I hope he will find a career that is as rewarding as mine was.
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
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From: pbkbv
Date: 04-01-2006, 03:14 AM (4 of 4)
Hi and thanks for link to the interesting designs!
Please tell me where can i find the design of zebra?
I need large design.

I'd like to share with you this link - - here are free embroidery designs.
Thanks so much!
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Member since: 03-19-2006
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