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Nurses: On the Job

What do we see when we look closely?

Examine this postcard and postage stamp showing a friendship meeting between nurses that was issued to commemorate the 16th meeting of the International Council of Nurses in Japan, 1977.
Roll over different areas of the postcard to discover answers to the questions below.

    • Q1Can you find a sign of the International Council of Nurses?
    • A1Formed in 1899, the International Council of Nurses is the world's oldest global health organization. The group works to ensure high quality nursing standards and fair staffing policies internationally.
    • Q2Can you find an image of a lamp?
    • A2The lamp, symbolic of knowledge, wisdom and spiritual guidance, may also be a reference to Florence Nightingale's influence on the development of nursing in Japan.
    • Q3Can you identify the nationalities of the nurses?
    • A3In this artist's impression, all differences of nationality, race, and hierarchical status are effaced in order to present nurses as a homogenous, harmonious, professional group.
Female nurse in white shaking hands with another female nurse, in front of group of women nurses.
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A postcard commemorating the 16th International Council of Nurses held in Tokyo, 1977

    • Q1Can you find a sign of the International Council of Nurses?
    • A1Formed in 1899, the International Council of Nurses is the world's oldest global health organization. The group works to ensure high quality nursing standards and fair staffing policies internationally.
    • Q2Can you find an image of a lamp?
    • A2The lamp, symbolic of knowledge, wisdom and spiritual guidance, may also be a reference to Florence Nightingale's influence on the development of nursing in Japan.
    • Q3Can you identify the nationalities of the nurses?
    • A3In this artist's impression, all differences of nationality, race, and hierarchical status are effaced in order to present nurses as a homogenous, harmonious, professional group.
  • 1Can you find a sign of the International Council of Nurses?
  • 2Can you find an image of a lamp?
  • 3Can you identify the nationalities of the nurses?