Pelican Nurses' League

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

The League membership comprises nurses who trained at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) School of Nursing, (latterly the South Lothian College of Nursing) prior to 1987, who successfully passed the final examination and were admitted to the General Part of the Register maintained by the General Nursing Council for Scotland as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) or Enrolled Nurse (EN) and then worked in the RIE for one year as a Staff Nurse (RGN) or six months as an Enrolled Nurse (EN) after which they gained their Pelican badge.

*Photographs: Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Tower at dusk, Nurses' Graduation (1948), Pentland Hills from Edinburgh, The Meadows in Edinburgh, Students in class (1956) in Edinburgh, the Nurses' Red Home. The photographs are from Medical Photography NHS Lothian by Steve Stanton. The Nurses' photographs are from the Lothian Health Services Archive.

Breaking News

At the 2019 AGM it was agreed to widen the membership to nurses who trained at the RIE but were unable to complete their time to be awarded the Pelican Badge.  You are now welcome to join as an Associate Member for £20 joining fee.  Please download the application form.

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh History Video

Please visit our video of the  Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Pelican Nurses' League historical review.

We also have a Photograph Gallery which you will enjoy.

Pelican Nurses' Noticeboard

Please send in your contributions to our Noticeboard by letting us know what you are doing.