Scotland Western Region Schools Timeline - 1974
Vale of Leven School of Nursing

In 1974 the Scotland Western Region's Vale of Leven School of Nursing was based at Alexandria, Dumbartonshire G83 0AU.  This school had training places 36 RGN plus 36 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.

Vale of Leven Hospital
Argyll and Bute Hospital
Glasgow Eye Infirmary
Gartnavel General Hospital
Ear Nose and Throat Hospital
EN (Scotland)
*NB. School/Hospital badge needed.

This 1974 timeline is about the Vale of Leven 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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