Newcastle Region Timeline - 1974
Sunderland School of Nursing
County Durham

In 1974 the Newcastle Region's Sunderland School of Nursing was based at 290, Hylton Road, Sunderland, Co. Durham SR4 7XJ. This school had training places places for an unspecified number of Combined SRN/RMN students, 126 SRN student nurses and 64+ SEN (General) pupil nurses per year.  There was  also a cadet nurse scheme with 42 combined places 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 Infirmary
General Hospital
Sunderlad Orthopaedic & Accident Hosp
Sunderland Eye Infirmary
Ryhope General Hospital
Havelock & Grindon Hall Hospitals
Cherry Knowle Hospital
SEN (General)

This 1974 timeline is about the Sunderland 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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