Papers of Helen Dick (nee Nisbet)

Scope and Content

Personal papes belonging to Helen Dick (nee Nisbet.) Collection includes:

Biographical details regarding the life of Nisbet, compiled by the donor. One sided typed sheet, printed on A4 paper. c.2012

A copy of “The Nurses’ League of the Victoria Infirmary of Glasgow 1986/87.” Soft bound pamphlet, 1987.

One facsimile copy of a sepia toned photographic portrait of Dick, wearing a nurse’s uniform, complete with frilled cap and apron. Only Dick’s head and shoulders are visible. This facsimile is a colour copy printed on white A4 paper.” c.1950s

Card commemorating the closure of “Philipshill Hospital” in 1992. The front of the card shows a painting of a person in a wheelchair holding hands with a nurse in uniform. There is a building visible in the background which is identified on the reverse as Philipshill Hospital. Printed text inside the card reads: “Philipshill Hospital (1929-1992.) With thanks and best wishes to all our friends.”

A printed copy of Dick’s work schedule between 30 June 1969 and 14 July 1969. The schedule is printed on headed paper belonging to The Victoria Infirmary in Philipshill Hospital, Glasgow. 30 Jun 1969-14 Jul 1969

A letter from Miss M Henderson, Unit Nurse Manager, Southern General Hospital to Dick regarding Dick’s upcoming retirement . In the letter, Henderson refers to the retirement being moved forward due to the closure of Philipshill Hospital. Printed on one side of A4 paper, 25 Sep 1992

Copy of a contract of employment made between Dick and the Board of Management for Glasgow Victoria and Leverndale Hospitals. The contract is for a role as Ward Sister at Philipshill Hospital starting on 1 May 1969, dated 14 May 1969

Six fabric-bound notebooks, five of which have “Victoria Infirmary Glasgow” printed on the cover. Each contains a series of lecture notes, written by Dick during nursing training. These include:

Surgical nursing notes, 21 Oct 1953-28 Dec 1953

Lecture notes on an unnamed topic, mostly relating to anatomy and disease, 26 Apr 1954-21 May 1954

Theory of nursing notes, 21 Oct 1953-28 Dec 1953

Anatomy and physiology notes, 1 Nov 1951-23 Nov 1951

Theory of nursing notes, 12 Sep 1952-26 Oct 1951

Lecture notes on a unnamed topic, mostly relating to diet and nutrition, 26 Oct 1951-1 May 1952

Thirteen copies of a publication entitled “Victoria Newsbeat.” This journal was produced in-house by staff at the Victoria Infirmary Glasgow, 1979-1983

Undated letter from the General Nursing Council for Scotland acknowledging receipt of membership fees and documentation required for Dick to enrol with the council. C. 1950s

General Nursing Council for Scotland certificate dated 26 Nov 1954. Inside the certificate were housed twelve receipts for memberships fees to the council dated between 1955 and 1984, 1954-1984

Two letters from the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting informing Dick of her enrolment on the professional register, 1984-1988

Photographs and objects of Helen Nisbet are listed under C934/P and C934/U respectivley.

Access Information

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact the RCN Archives in advance of their first visit.

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Royal College of Nursing