Student Nurse

About the film

Young women embark on a three-year course to become fully trained nurses, gaining experience in a variety of situations within the hospital before graduating.

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  • Release year - 1944
  • Director - Francis Searle
  • Production company - G.B. Screen Services
  • Producer - Francis Searle
  • Screenplay - Eva Bonner, Francis Searle
  • Cinematographer - Brendan J. Stafford
  • Composer - Rex Burrows
  • Narration - Joseph Macleod
  • Orchestration - Charles Williams
  • Running time (minutes) - 32 mins 21 secs

Original description

The training of a state-registered nurse

''This film of the Nursing Service follows a student's progress from probationer to fully qualified state-registered nurse. In hospital wards, laboratories and lecture-room she acquires technical knowledge and practical skill: at the end of her three years' training many branches of the nursing profession are open to her.

Shots include the casualty ward, the x-ray department and the emergency theatre.'

(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1947-50)

Did you know?

  • Student Nurse is shot in and around the Old Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, with focus on the Nuffield House Nurses’ Home. Officially opened in 1939 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, the hospital was very busy at the time of filming due to the impact of the Second World War.
  • Feedback from Guatemala City in October 1946 suggests that this topic was of great interest in Central America, though it was remarked that more people would be able to appreciate it if the soundtrack was dubbed into Spanish.
  • Though primarily designed for an overseas audience, Student Nurse was also shown in the UK as a part of a ‘Jobs After the War’ series.

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