Glasgow Royal Infirmary pioneered a revolution in nurse training in 1893 with the first probationers' course set up by the redoubtable matron, Mrs Rebecca Strong. The Infirmary's new regulations from 1893 allocated nurses time for lectures and study, and they set the pattern of nursing schools throughout Britain. They also established the broad pattern of hospital-based practical and theoretical training for nurses that was to last more than 80 years.
Registered Nursing Training in the 70s - My Memoirs
Registered nurse training back in the 70s was quite different to what it is today. In Glasgow Royal Infirmary, student nurses were an extra pair of hands when the wards were busy, but still had to look busy when the wards were quiet.