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Bell, Jane (1873 - 1959)

OBE

Born
16 March 1873
Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Died
6 August 1959
Occupation
Hospital Matron and Nurse

Summary

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.

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  • Bell Jane, c. 1914 - c. 1920, B2455/1; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details

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