|South West Metropolitan Region Timeline - 1974|
|Croydon Nurse Education
In 1974 the South West Metropolitan Region's Croydon Nurse Education Centre was based at Surrey CR4 7YE. This school had training places places for 90 SRN and 32 RMN student nurses, plus 88 SEN (64 General + 24 Psychiatric MI) 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.
Warlingham park Hospital
Croydon General Hospital
SEN (Psychiatric MI)
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This 1974 timeline is about the
Croydon Nurse Education Centre, 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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