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In 1902 the Retreat put its nurse training onto a more extended footing, with a four year course of practical training with lectures, leading to examinations. In the same year the Retreat began its Private Nursing Department (later the Trained Nurses Department, see RET 5/12 below), which supplied nurses for private psychiatric nursing in people’s homes: one of the reasons for introducing longer training was to produce a supply of nurses for the Department.
Also introduced in 1902 was the custom of regularly inviting a distinguished speaker to begin the annual courses of nurses’ lectures with a special talk to the nursing staff. The Addresses to Nursing Staff are the printed versions of these talks.

Alternative Form Available

Much of the Retreat Archive has been digitised with funding from the Wellcome Collection. Copies of digitised records can be viewed online where available by following links provided within the catalogue.

Related Material

For nurse training at The Retreat, see also RET 3/5/2/1, RET 5/9/8/3, and RET 5/14.

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