Scotland South Eastern Region Schools Timeline - 1974

In 1974 there were 11 schools of nursing in the Scotland North Eastern Region of the NHS involving 66 hospitals  in nurse training - spread across 23 geographical regions of the UK. 13 regions in  England - plus 7 regions covering the Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Wales and Scotland. Not forgetting of course the Schools of Nursing of the armed services, each of which used it's own military hospitals.

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, 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.

In 1974 there were 27 main qualifications which students of nursing studied and trained for. Which number did not include many highly specialized courses, including university degrees, followed consecutively and concurrently by basic course students and qualified nurses. Midwifery training has always been a feature....

The 1974 timeline is about the schools of nursing which trained the vast majority of nurses who then practiced in the UK.  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. All about it.... Welcome!!

   1 Bangour Group School of Nursing.
   2 East Lothian Hospitals School of Nursing.
   3 Fife College of Nursing.
   4 North Edinburgh School of Nursing.
   5 Royal Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals Group School of Nursing.
   6 Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh School of Nursing.
   7 St Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing.
   8 Scottish Borders School of Nursing.
   9 South Edinburgh School of Nursing.
   10 State Hospital School of Nursing.       (*Carstairs).
   11 University of Edinburgh.

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