In the early 1900’s, nurse training system, based on the Nightingale system imported from Britain, was implemented in Australia. Clinical as well as theory components, providing trainee nurses with uniforms, board and lodging, and a minimal wage was the norm. As medical technology has advanced, so have the nurses, many assuming greater responsibility and completing further education in their own time.
Changes in nurse education began in the late 1940’s with regional education centres throughout Australia. These centres began separating theoretical education from the practical approach, rather than keeping them together.
In the early 1990s, universities granted nursing education the same status as allied health, and Bachelor Degrees in nursing, rather than Diplomas were used as entry-level courses. Numurkah Hospital welcomes student nurses undertaking clinical placement. In 2005, study leave in excess of $80,000 was granted. The number of Division 2 nurses who upgraded to Division 1 through Charles Sturt University was six.