Scotland Western Region Schools Timeline - 1974
Paisley and District Hospitals Group School of Nursing

In 1974 the Scotland Western Region's Northern Paisley and District Hospitals Group School of Nursing was based at Paisley PA2 6AB. This school had training places for 60 RGN and 75 RMN student nurses  plus 75 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.

Royal Alexandra Infirmary
Thorn Hospital
Hawkhead Hospital
Paisley Maternity Hospital
Riccartsbar Hospital
Dykebar Hospital
Broadfield Hospital 
EN (Scotland)
*NB. School/hospital badge photograph needed.

This 1974 timeline is about the Paisley and District Hospitals Group 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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