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Welcome.  If you trained and qualified as a nurse in the UK, are a current student, hope to become one or are simply interested in the subject of the Schools of Nursing in the United Kingdom - as they existed between their original inception and before they became university schools, then this is a place that you will be interested in. '' is a site for all interested in any aspect of nurse education.

The Schools. Origins; histories; associated hospitals; teachers; students; nurses qualifying; the awards they gained; the badges they wore. All will be found herein. A discussion board to reopen the long closed sitting or coffee rooms - maybe hospital dining rooms - of the past, where visitors can meet old friends.  Photo-Galleries will be added and hopefully you will be able to post your own if there is demand. Links to other related sites will be also be found.  

A new site. There will be teething problems. Stay with us. Help us develop what will hopefully become an invaluable resource. 'Schools of Nursing' can become one of the most popular and regularly visited nursing websites on the internet. A place to meet old colleagues. To revisit the hospitals used for training. A place for research by present students of nursing. A place to show that much of what we had in the past was very much worth having. A place to help keep alive the best traditions. With your help what we don't have will rapidly become history!

The site is being constructed around timelines - each listed as a significant year  - the first being 1974.

'In 1974 there were 447 main schools of nursing and their satellites approved by the General Nursing Councils - a total of approximately 700 hospitals directly involved in nurse training (possessing a nursing school facility) -  spread across 24 geographical regions of the UK National Health Service. 15 regions in  England - plus 9 regions covering the Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Including hospitals which did not physically possess a school - but in which students* spent part of their training raises the number to approximately 1600 hospitals. Not forgetting of course the Schools of Nursing of the armed services, each of which possessed it's own military hospitals.'

1974 is significant as a marker for the combination of individual hospital schools into group schools. Each containing all specialties available.

Other timelines will cover the situations existing at the formation of the first school of nursing; the first General Nursing Councils; eventual handover to the universities; and so on... Each timeline will be well marked by brief descriptions and date reference to avoid confusion -  although these may differ slightly according to usage.  

All part of the still mushrooming growth of the NHS following its inception in1948.  An NHS which was to cater for all.  Cradle to the grave. 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 25 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'....

This website is about the schools of nursing which trained the vast majority of nurses who 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 and practise of nurse education and training. All about it.... Welcome!!

A Caution: Whilst we take every care to ensure that the material on this site is accurate, reliable and valid, researchers of any category are deemed to understand that the accuracy of their own work is their own responsibility. Any opinions expressed in our bulletin board are the responsibility of those who express them.

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