Birmingham Region Schools Timeline - 1974

Sister Dora School of Nursing

In 1974 the Birmingham Region's Sister Dora School of Nursing was based at Walsall General Hospital, Staffordshire WS2 9PS. This school had training places places for 72 SRN and an unspecified number of 20 RNMS student nurses, plus 60+SEN (60* General *Psychiatric MS) pupil nurses per year.  There was a cadet nurse scheme with 30 places to help  feed recruitment.
* Unspecified numbers - some SEN General part-time.

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.

Walsall General (Sister Dora) Hospital 
Manor Hospital
St Margaret's Hospital
SEN (General)
SEN (Psychiatric MI)
NB. Pro-forma badges - will be replaced with actual asap.

This 1974 timeline is about the Sister Dora 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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