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A collection of Memories

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’This book will be of great interest to all those who undertook their nurse training back in the 1960’s, but it also will be appealing to those readers who are keen to know what the “traditional” nurse training was like.’

Title: A collection of Memories (1964-2014) by set 164 University College Hospital

Editor: Heather O’Neill

Publisher: Riverprint

Reviewer: Michael J McGivern, nursing tutor, Northland, New Zealand

What was it like?

My initial impression of this highly pictorial book consisting of only 100 pages is that it has been compiled well by former student nurses of set 164 at University College hospital in London who commenced their training in 1964. The text relates largely to their group and contains a large amount of photographs and past nursing examination papers. The foundations of the book are largely based on the experiences of the individual nurses while training over three years, and also provides the reader with insight into their subsequent careers. This bound collection of memories provides a good insight into the world of a student nurse back in the 1960’s and clearly depicts the significant changes that we have seen over the years in nurse training.

What were the highlights?

This pleasant easy to read book will be an invaluable keepsake to those student nurses who are part of this book and to those who also undertook their training in the 1960’s, particularly those that trained at University College Hospital. Those readers who are seeking a resource that will give them an insight into the “original hospital based training” will not be disappointed as the authors have provided this information in a light and humorous manner. The book contains a number of examples of nursing examination papers, which much reflect the nature of the training during the 60’s and those readers who are current student nurses will find this interesting in comparison to their current examinations. This is a nicely put together book that provides the reader with an opportunity to re-visit the past and to step into the world of the traditional hospital trained student nurse and to gain an insight into nursing as it was then. Group 164 should be proud that their short book will help sustain the history of nursing, which is very important and not something that should be deleted from our past.

Strengths & weaknesses:

A well put together pictorial resource that brings student nurse training in the 1960’s back to life for those wanting to gain an insight. The book itself contains an appropriate number of pages and captures all of the information that was important for this group of nurses to present to the wider world. It would maybe have been better if the publisher and contact details had been outlined more clearly in order for potential readers to easily access copies.

Who should read it?

This book will be of great interest to all those who undertook their nurse training back in the 1960’s, but it also will be appealing to those readers who are keen to know what the “traditional” nurse training was like and to make a comparison with the education that is provided today to student nurses. This resource will be an absolute must for those student nurses who trained at University College hospital, particularly in the 1960’s & 70’s.

Note from editor: “The book is available direct from price £23.24 by including postage and packing.”

a collection of memories

a collection of memories



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