Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service


Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service
(PMRAFNS)


caption=
dates= 1 June 1918 (as Royal Air Force Temporary Nursing Service) -
country= United Kingdom
allegiance= Defence Medical Services,
part of the
British Armed Forces
branch= "formerly:"
Royal Air Force,
"now:"
Royal Air Force Medical Services (RAFMS),
part of tri-service
Defence Nursing Services
type= Nursing
role= Medical
size=
command_structure=
garrison= Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM),
part of University Hospital Birmingham
garrison_label=
locations=
nickname=
patron= HRH Princess Alexandra
motto=
colors=
colors_label=
march=
mascot=
equipment=
equipment_label=
battles= World War II,
Korean War,
Falklands War,
Gulf War (Op GRANBY),
Bosnian War,
Kosovo War,
War in Afghanistan,
Gulf War II (Op TELIC)
anniversaries=
decorations=
battle_honours=
disbanded=
commander1= Group Captain Jackie Gross
commander1_label=
notable_commanders=
identification_symbol=
identification_symbol_label=

Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service (PMRAFNS) is the nursing branch of the British Royal Air Force.

It was established as the Royal Air Force Temporary Nursing Service (RAFNS) in 1918, and became part of the permanent establishment as the Royal Air Force Nursing Service on 27 January 1921. It received the Royal prefix after Princess Mary agreed to become its Patron in June 1923.

It was a women-only branch until 1980, when men were also permitted to join. Until the Second World War, it was only open to unmarried women, or childless widows. There was also a Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service (Reserve) (PMRAFNS(R)) to supplement the regular service during times of war or emergencies.

Its current mission statement reads: "The Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service is committed to providing a nursing workforce that is determined to develop the skills, knowledge and ability to deliver high quality care whilst being responsive to the dynamic nature of RAF Nursing in peacetime and on operations." [ [http://www.pmrafns.org/ Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service] website]

Ranks

The initial ranking system used by the PMRAFNS was as follows.

From 1 June 1943, PMRAFNS personnel were granted emergency Commissions, and wore rank insignia corresponding to their equivalent Royal Air Force officer rank. On 1 February 1949, the women's forces were integrated into the Armed Forces, and a new ranking system was introduced, although professional titles were still used on the wards.

Other Ranks were introduced in 1956, although unqualified Nursing Orderlies had previously served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and Women's Royal Air Force. They held standard RAF ranks. Officers used the separate ranking system until 1980, when they too adopted RAF ranks.

Matrons-in-Chief

*Joanna Cruickshank, 1918–1930
*Katherine Watt, 1930–1938
*Dame Emily Blair, 1938–1943
*Gladys Taylor, 1943–1948
*Air Commandant Dame Helen Cargill, 1948–1952
*Air Commandant Dame Roberta Whyte, 1952–1956
*Air Commandant Dame Alice Williamson, 1956–1959
*Air Commandant Dame Alice Lowrey, 1959–1963
*Air Commandant Dame Veronica Ashworth, 1963–1966
*Air Commandant Dame Pauline Giles, 1966–1970
*Air Commandant Ann McDonald, 1970–1972
*Air Commandant Barbara Ducat-Amos, 1972–1978
*Air Commodore J. Metcalfe, 1978–1981
*Air Commodore Joy Harris, 1981–1984
*Air Commodore A. A. Reed, 1984–1985
*Group Captain M. M. Shaw, 1985–1988
*Group Captain Elizabeth Sandison, 1988–1991
*Group Captain Ethnea Hancock, 1991–1994
*Air Commodore V. M. Hand, 1994–1997
*Air Commodore Bob Williams, 1997–?
*Group Captain Annie Reid
*Group Captain Wendy Williams
*Group Captain Jackie Gross

Footnotes

ee also

*Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service
*Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

External links

* [http://www.pmrafns.org PMRAFNS.org] official website (c) Crown Copyright
* [http://www.mdhupeterborough.mod.uk Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit Peterborough MDHUP]
* [http://www.dmsd.mod.uk Defence Medical Services]


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