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Bell, Jane (1873 - 1959)

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Born: 16 March 1873  Dumfriesshire, Scotland.  Died: 6 August 1959  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Jane Bell was lady superintendent of Melbourne Hospital 1910-34. She made many innovations, including replacement of male orderlies by sisters in the operating theatres; the appointment of tutor-sisters to instruct trainees and of a house-sister to supervise the nurses' quarters; the introduction of a six-week preliminary course; and pay for trainee-nurses.

Career Highlights

1898Nursing Certificate completed at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1898 - 1903Various staff appointments
1903 - 1904Matron at Bundaberg Hospital, Queensland
1904 - 1906Matron at Brisbane General Hospital
1906 - 1907Midwifery training at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London
1907 - 1910Senior Assistant Superintendent of Nurses at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
1910 - 1934Lady Superintendent of Melbourne Hospital
1913 - 1915Australian Army Nursing Service
1924 - 1950Member of the Nurses' Board
1931 - 1934President of the Royal Victorian College of Nursing
1938 - 1946President of the Royal Victorian College of Nursing
1944Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J.
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 15 September 2004

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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