For decades, the Hospital had struggled to keep its nursing workforce in pace with increasing demand. In this era, women who married had to leave the workforce so many trainees and newly completed nurses left the workforce soon after graduating. During the 1960s many changes were afoot with both the training and education of nurses, rising patient occupancy rates and demand for more specialising nursing skills. In 1961, the first one-year course for enrolled nurses to assist registered nurses in hospital nursing began.

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