Wales Region Timeline - 1974
Caernarvon and Anglesey School of Nursing

In 1974 the Wales Region's Caernarvon and Anglesey School of Nursing was based at Bangor, Caernarvonshire. This school had training places places for 38 SRN and 10 RNMS student nurses plus 56 SEN (40 General + 16 Psychiatric MS) pupil nurses per year. There was no record of a hospital cadet/cadet nurse scheme to help feed recruitment.

All were part of the then still mushrooming growth of the NHS following its inception in1948.  An NHS which was to cater for all.  Cradle to the grave. An NHS attempting to cover almost all known medical conditions. Not surprising then that since that beginning there had developed a plethora of nursing specialties, some sub-divided into highly specialized categories, all designed to meet particular needs. The nurses to meet those needs - General, Sick Children's, Mental, and Mental Subnormality Nurses, were all, by 1974, being trained under the auspices of the General Nursing Councils. One for England and Wales; one for Scotland; and one for Northern Ireland.

Caernarvon & Anglesey General Hospital
St David's Hospital
Caernarvon Eye and Cottage Hospital
Llandudno General Hospital
Conway Hospital
Bryn-y-Neuadd Hospital
SEN (General)
SEN (Psychiatric MS)
NB. Pro-forma badges - will be replaced with actual asap.

This 1974 timeline is about the Caernarvon and Anglesey School of Nursing, which trained the vast majority of nurses who then initially practiced in the area.  About the courses. About the students who followed them to become registered nurses. About the awards they gained on the way. About their teachers, including ward staff. About the hospitals. About nursing practice. Above all it is about the reality of the practice of nurse education and training in the '70's. Perhaps you were one of them. If so why not tell us all about it on our forum. Welcome!!

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