First nursing studies unit is set upThe Caring Profession: Scottish Screen Archive video clip of a young nurse describing the value of her training in helping to save a young boy’s life.

Edinburgh University establishes the first UK nursing studies unit in 1959, under Elsie Stephenson, which offers an integrated degree course.

A nursing research unit follows in 1971, headed by Lisbeth Hockey, and the following year Edinburgh appoints Margaret Scott-Wright as professor of nursing. Both appointments are the first at any European university.

The first experimental training scheme giving nurses student status started at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1956.

Nurses in Scotland 2008 now usually have a degree and post graduate training but still have the same ethos of care and commitment as their counterparts in 1948.

Scotland proves a world leader in nursing education and research.
Friday, March 13, 1959
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