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Old 05-03-2009, 05:57 PM
taffygirl taffygirl is offline
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Why are some British nurses called "Sister"?

OK, I've done some research, and I know that there is a sort of hierarchy of nurses in Britain, and that not every nurse is called "Sister," though it sure seems like it if you read enough British novels. What I can't figure out is why the title "Sister" is used at all in referring to ANY British nurses. Since someone in the occupation is a nurse, it makes more sense to me to call that person "Nurse" than it does "Sister."

There must be a logical explanation for this, Watson. I'd love to know what it is.


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