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Nurses: On the Job

What do we see when we look closely?

Examine this card commemorating 50 years of the American Nurses Association (ANA). Through its constituent state nursing organizations, the ANA represents the professional interests of all American nurses.
Roll over different areas of the postcard to discover answers to the questions below.

    • Q1Can you spot a lamp?
    • A1Since ancient times, the lamp is a symbol of knowledge, learning and guidance that has associations with spirituality and wisdom.
    • Q2Can you find a nurse holding a candle?
    • A2As a contemporary symbol of nursing, the candle or lamp is associated with one of nursing's founding foremothers: Florence Nightingale who was known as 'the Lady with the Lamp.'
    • Q3Can you find the symbol of professional nursing?
    • A3The lamp's symbolic meanings are repeated in the postal stamp, a seal of assurance of the professional values held by all registered nurses.
A White female nurses in white visible from shoulder up on left, on right is stamp.
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A reproduction of a first day issue stamp commemorating the American Nurses Association, 1961

    • Q1Can you spot a lamp?
    • A1Since ancient times, the lamp is a symbol of knowledge, learning and guidance that has associations with spirituality and wisdom.
    • Q2Can you find a nurse holding a candle?
    • A2As a contemporary symbol of nursing, the candle or lamp is associated with one of nursing's founding foremothers: Florence Nightingale who was known as 'the Lady with the Lamp.'
    • Q3Can you find the symbol of professional nursing?
    • A3The lamp's symbolic meanings are repeated in the postal stamp, a seal of assurance of the professional values held by all registered nurses.
  • 1Can you spot a lamp?
  • 2Can you find a nurse holding a candle?
  • 3Can you find the symbol of professional nursing?