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International Nurses Day 2015

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Blog originally posted on the University of Glasgow Staff News site.

DC233-2-11-2-first aid Note on nursing to the students of Queen Margaret College dated 1915 (DC233/2/11/2)

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world each year on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, to mark the contribution nurses make to society.
The University of Glasgow’s School of Nursing was established in 1978 though University students contributed to nursing long before that.

To celebrate International Nurses Day, here is a brief introduction to nursing at the University of Glasgow and particularly the role of University students in nursing the wounded of WW1.

Before 1974 nurse education was hospital-based, for example the Western Infirmary carried out nurse training on the wards.

As the Infirmary and its staff expanded, additional systematic instruction was given by appointed lecturers with examinations for certificates taking place also.

It was in 1978 that the University of Glasgow…

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