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Nurses Make Excellent Wives
Nurses make excellent wives –Miss S. P. White, N.E. Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board Officer, revealed this interesting theory at Hornchurch College of Further Education on Tuesday.

Miss White, talking to parents, students and friends at the pre-nursing and nursery nursing prize-giving, said: “Nursing is perhaps the best career of all for a girl and is a good preparation for marriage.

Miss White, a former matron of Bethnal Green Hospital, now spends much of her time visiting the 120 hospitals under the regional board, addressed the students and presented the prizes. “The student gains much help from the parents and friends,” he said, “and the training courses available these days are excellent. A nurse needs to understand her patients and must be properly trained.”

College Principal Mr. A. V. Ebdon said that nursing was a good career for the girl who could not make up her mind. “We get many requests to join the nursery training course but we can do nothing – these applications should be set to the Medical Officer of Health or the Education offices,” he said.

“A girl must be employed as a nursery nurse before she can join this course and there are only 20 vacancies for this course each year. But there is an alternative-the nursing course. This is a worthwhile career and is good for the girl who has a liking for scientific and practical subjects.”

Mr. Ebdon said this was the first reception held at the college for these courses.

“It provides a great opportunity for people to see what goes on,” he continued, “and establishes a link between college, parents and employers. Our advisory committees have gone from strength to strength and have planned a two-week course for experienced nursery nurses-something which has never been attempted before.”

Cllr. Mrs. E. D. Gallant, Vice-Chairman of the Governing Body, extended the official welcome. Cllr. Mrs. C. Coffin proposed the vote of thanks, seconded by Simone Phillips. An exhibition of students’ work was on display.


Nursery Nursing Courses.

First year (1NN1).

  • Theory – Brenda Peyton, Dr. Bernardo’s, Barking-side.
  • Practical – Marion Rogers, Elm Park Day Nursery, Havering.

First year (4NN1)

  • Theory – Bridget Hunter, Dr Bernardo’s Barkingside.
  • Practical – Christine Fogarty, Tower House Residential Nursery, Southend, and Pamela Tindell, Eastbury Day Nursery, Barking.

Second Year (NN2).

  • 1st Prize-Christine Darlison, Basildon Day Nursery.
  • 2nd Prize-Lesley Philips, Goodmayes Day Nursery, Redbridge.
  • Prize for endeavour – Susan Blackhall, Basildon Day Nursery

(donated and presented Dr. Adamson, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Barking).

Pre-nursing courses.

Full-time: N.R. 1965-66

  • (for success in G.C.E. ‘O’ Level examinations): Susan Pannell, the London Hospital. 1965-67
  • (for endeavour): Elaine Mortimer and Christine Proudfoot.

Day release:

Nursing Cadets. 1965-66

  • (for success in G.C.E ‘O’ Level examinations: Doris Walker and Linda Coote. Harold Wood Hospital.


  • (for endeavour): Margaret Milburn and Carole Fitzpatrick, Rush Green Hospital; Maureen Reed and Madeline Carr, Harold Wood Hospital.

Examination success 1965-66. N.N.E.B. Certificate: 15 entries, 15 passes. General Nursing Council Preliminary Exam (Part 1): nine entries, seven passes. G.C.E ‘O’ Level (Human biology, general science): 18 entries, 14 passes. British Red Cross Certificate: eight entries, eight passes.

Image Caption: Mr. A. V. Ebdon, Hornchurch College of Further Education principal, with nursing course prize-winners.

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