Scotland Western Region Schools Timeline - 1974
Glasgow Western and Gartnavel Hospitals School of Nursing

In 1974 the Scotland Western Region's Glasgow Western and Gartnavel Hospitals School of Nursing was based at  Glasgow G12 0YN. This school had training places for 24 Combined RGN/DipLS, 180+ RGN and 60 RMN student nurses, plus 90+ EN (?General) 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.

Western Infirmary
Queen Mother's Hospital
Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Gartnavel Royal Hospital
Knightswood Hospital
Ear Nose and Throat Hospital
Gartnavel General Hospital
EN (Scotland)
*NB. School /Hospital badge photograph needed.

This 1974 timeline is about the Glasgow Western and Gartnavel Hospitals 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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