Nurse training notebooks of Ida Mottram, née Smith, trainee nurse at Nottingham General Hospital; n.d. [1946-1948]

Scope and Content

The first notebook has the crest of the General Hospital, Nottingham, embossed onto its front cover; it contains notes on Anatomy and Physiology, some illustrated with sketches and diagrams; at the back of the volume are notes on Hygiene, incorporating ventilation, lighting, heating, water supply, infection, food, milk, drainage, insects and parasites (MS 817/1);

The second notebook contains notes on Nursing Theory (the first two pages consist of Nurses Home Rules), incorporating the history of nursing, ward work, beds, positions used in nursing, washing the patient, bed sores, admitting and observing patients, feeding, temperature, pulse, respiration, excretion, drugs and their administration, enemas, sterilization, dressings, wounds, the nursing of sick children, and last offices; in the middle of notebook are initialled lists relating to bed making, trays and trolleys, and bandaging; at the back of the volume are notes on First Aid (MS 817/2).

Administrative / Biographical History

Ida Smith, the daughter of a smallholder and greengrocer in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, was born in 1920. She drove a delivery van during the Second World War. In May 1946 she entered the nursing training school at the General Hospital, Nottingham. She left the course after two years, and later married a Mr Mottram.


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Custodial History

The notebooks were acquired by Manuscripts and Special Collections in October 2007.

Related Material

Similar notebooks are numbered MS 805/1 (dated c.1926) and Uhg/T11/1 (dated 1925).