Probationers’ Records

The following summaries have been extracted from the Probationers’ Record Book 1860-1871 for the Nightingale Fund, held at the London Metropolitan Archives (reference H01/ST/NTS/C/04/001).

The entries relate to:


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Jane was the first Nightingale-trained nurse to work at Dorset County Hospital. To see a transcript of the full probationer’s record for Jane Squires, click here. When the document opens, use the zoom function to make it more readable.

Number. 29
Name of Probationer. Jane Squires
Age at last Birthday preceding her Appointment. 27
Single or Married, or Widow. Single
Date of Appointment. 31st July 1861
Terminated Probationary Term 23rd June 1862
By whom Recommended. Mr. Enfield
Religion. Baptist
Nature of Duty during the Year.
Number of Days. 268
Number of Nights. 38
In Medical & Surgical, Male & Female Wards
Entire residence in Hospital 329 days
Time off Duty from illness during year.
Days. 23
Hours.
Nature of illness. Cold, sore throat, Bilious attack
Very intelligent Active & industrious – will make an exceedingly good hospital nurse
 General Remarks.  Transferred to St. Thomas’ Staff 24th June 1862


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Number. 43
Name of Probationer. Betty Lillycrapp
Age at last Birthday preceding her Appointment. 33
Single or Married, or Widow. Separated from Husband. Husband Insane
Date of Appointment. 1st Oct. 1862
Sept. 29th 1863 Expiration of Probationary Term
By whom Recommended. Lady Dacres, Woolwich
Religion. Church of England
Nature of Duty during the Year.
Number of Days. 199
Number of Nights. 135
In Medical & Surgical, Male & Female Wards
Entire residence in Hospital 365 days
Time off Duty from illness during year.
Days. 23
Hours.
Nature of illness. Cold & chest affection. Sore throat. Bilious attack
Absent on leave 8 days
Attentive & anxious to do her duty
General Remarks. Septr. 29th transferred to St. Thomas’ Staff Nt. Nurse in F. Surgl. Wd.
1864 March 24th sent as head nurse Genl. Hosp. Northampton
12th March 1866 Left to be Married


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Number. 76
Name of Probationer. Sarah Dexter
Age at last Birthday preceding her Appointment. 29
Single or Married, or Widow. Single
Date of Appointment. Novr. 7th 1864
Terminated her Probation Sepr. 29 1865
By whom Recommended. Lady C. Denison, Mrs. Goodell
Religion. Independent
Nature of Duty during the Year.
Number of Days. 284
Number of Nights. 18
In Medical & Surgical, Male & Female Wards
Entire residence in Hospital 327 days
Time off Duty from illness during year.
Days. 10
Hours.
Nature of illness. Bilious attack & colil [?colic]
Absent on leave 15 days
Moral character generally satisfactory
Intelligent & interested in her work – [added later] of a nervous temperament
General Remarks. Oct 1st sent to the Infirmary Bradford as Matron
15th Jan 1866 Resigned her appointment in consequence of illness
On recovery sent as nurse July 2 1866 to Dorset County Hospital
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