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Nursing College

The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing, opened in 2011, fulfils Sylvia’s long-standing dream of providing training in the highest standards of nursing skills, compassion and respect for the patients.

College Entrance and Buildings

The College buildings and equipment were funded by the Sylvia Wright Trust at a cost of around £300,000

The students follow the curriculum of the Indian Nursing Council, leading to a Diploma. Shortly the College will switch to a full degree course.

Currently there are 80 students attending; numbers on roll will increase gradually up to a target of 120. The majority of nursing students are women but a few males have now joined the programme. Eight full-time teaching staff are assisted by visiting lecturers.

The course is residential and delivered by means of formal lectures and work experience placements in local hospitals and clinics.

Practical Teaching

The students pay a modest annual fee which covers tuition and accommodation. This is still a major sacrifice for their families, whose income is very low. A bursary fund is maintained which supports some of the poorest: donations to this fund are always welcome.

The three year course is demanding, especially as it is taught entirely in English and very few of the students have ever been away from home before.

Nurses’ Dormitory

Nevertheless, examination results have been consistently excellent and drop out rates negligible. The students have been a credit to themselves and to their families.

To date, 180 have qualified. All have obtained secure nursing jobs, some in the public sector and others in private hospitals.

Tony Allinson, Chairman of the Sylvia Wright Trust, comments: “The college is tremendous value for money. It is self-financing and produces a regular supply of qualified nurses who have Sylvia’s magic ingredient of genuine, committed patient care.”