The original Nurses "Black Band" ring was designed by Margaret Armitage. A native of Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She graduated from the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing in 1977. Her full time nursing practice has spanned thirty seven years. A primary focus on Critical Care, Coordinating Medical Death investigation at the Medical Examiners Service in Halifax, NS and Managing Long Term Care. A lifelong commitment to caring with a side passion for design led to the creation of Black Band Jewellry Designs Inc. on March 8th, 2004, where the promotion of her profession is in the forefront.
The birth and design of Black Band Jewellry Designs occurred while reflecting on the loss of the historic Black Band that framed the Registered Nurses cap. Most RNs stopped wearing the cap in the early 80's which resulted in the disappearance of the Black Band. Creating the Black Band Ring provided the appropriate way to proudly share this identifying symbol with future Registered Nurses.
Respectful and mindful of the invaluable contribution of all health care workers, BBJD continues to craft symbols that refect the daily dedication, compassion and commitment these individuals provide.
After 38 years of Full time Nursing, inclusive of 20 years of various critical care units, coordinating Medical Death Investigation and Managing Long Term Care, I am still very enthusiastic about Nursing, and have a desire to share the vast knowledge I have accumulated to make the transition to being a Nurse easier for others.
I can provide support through great conversation on practice concerns, proactive problem solving, interview preparation, communication, leadership development and taking the fear out of new practice. It can be surprising the benefit gained in conversation - even if only an hour or two. For more information on training and consultation, please contact me.