- 16 March 1873
- 6 August 1959
- Hospital Matron and Nurse
Jane Bell was lady superintendent of Melbourne Hospital 1910-1934. She was responsible for 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. She was appointed OBE - Officer of The Order of the British Empire (Civil) - 1 January 1944 for her work as president of the Royal Victoria College of Nursing.
Sources used to compile this entry: Gardiner, Lyndsay, 'Bell, Jane (1873-1959)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070254b.htm.