Scope and Content

Formal training of Retreat nurses began in 1894. Nurse probationers [student nurses] received training through practical experience and lectures, took examinations and were awarded Retreat certificates (the Tuke Certificate). Outstanding nurses might be awarded the William Tuke Medal (see RET 1/8/5/15). Training was extended in 1902, from three years into a four year course.

Alternative Form Available

Much of the Retreat Archive has been digitised with funding from the Wellcome Collection. Copies of digitised records can be viewed online where available by following links provided within the catalogue.

Related Material

For further information on nurse training, see RET 3/5/2/1, RET 5/9/8(3), RET 5/11 and photographs in RET 1/8/5. For student nurse registers and service records, see RET 5/3.

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