Nursing & Midwifery

Anna Nery School of Nursing School Medal, 1960

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This medal was struck by the Anna Nery School of Nursing, which is part of the University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Anna Nery School of Nursing is one of Brazil’s leading centres for nursing education and research.

In 1926 nurses from the USA were invited to help establish this school based on the Nightingale Training School for Nurses at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. In 1960 The Anna Nery School struck this medal to celebrate the centenary the Nightingale Training School for Nurses.

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