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Year of the Nurse and Midwife Set and Sheet Set

In this issue of 8 stamps we celebrate the hard work and dedication of our Island’s health care workers and join the World Health Organisation in marking the 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

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  • The Year of the Nurse and Midwife is a celebration of health care workers around the globe and the vital role they play within communities. 

     We are delighted to have worked alongside Catherine Quilliam, Director of Nursing, and Amanda Phillips, organiser of the Island’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife programme to create this eight stamp issue and pay tribute to each core health care sector and the hard working staff in our community.

    2020 also marks the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, a revolutionary reformer of modern nursing. The stamps also feature Nelly Brennan, Esther Jane Bridson and Sarah Forester, all of whom who played an instrumental role in the evolution of nursing on the Island.

    Each stamp has been selected to represent the 8 main sectors of nursing within the Island;

    Stamp 1: Representing Midwifery, this stamp shows an image of a new-born child. To the bottom right is an image of Nelly Brennan; aforementioned Manx nursing revolutionary and significant figure in the Isle of Man’s health care development.

    Stamp 2: Portraying Health Visiting and School Care. Nelly Brennan again features to the bottom right corner of this stamp.

    Stamp 3: This stamp represents Older People and End of Life Nursing. The Nurse displayed to the bottom right is Esther Jane Bridson; a Manx nurse first matron of the Westmoreland Road Noble’s Hospital when it opened in 1912.

    Stamp 4: Displays Hospital Nursing, a health care sector currently responding to the ongoing health crisis. Esther Jane Bridson is again displayed to the bottom right of the stamp.

    Stamp 5: Practice Nursing is shown in the fifth stamp. The image displays a stethoscope and medical paperwork. Depicted to the bottom right is Florence Nightingale, her image also used in the WH.O campaign.

    Stamp 6: This stamp symbolises Community Nursing and depicts a Nurse conducting a home visit. Florence Nightingale is again displayed to the bottom right.

    Stamp 7: Displays Advanced Nurse Practitioner Nursing. The historic Nurse portrayed upon the stamp to the bottom right is Sarah Forester; Matron of the Island’s first purpose-built maternity home. She held the post for fourteen years and oversaw the birth of 5,000 babies during her tenure.

    Stamp 8: In the final stamp we represent Mental Health Nursing. Sarah Forester again features to the bottom right of the stamp.

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