"Duties of the Floor Nurse-1887"

  1. many may have seen this before. i thought it was interesting. i don't know how long i would have lasted with these duties.




    duties of the floor nurse - 1887



    in addition to caring for your 50 patients,

    each nurse will follow these regulations.



    daily sweep and mop the floors of your ward,

    dust the patient's furniture and window sills.



    maintain an even temperature in your ward

    by bringing in a scuttle of coal for the day's

    business.



    light is important to observe the patient's

    condition. therefore each day fill

    kerosene lamps, clean chimneys and

    trim wicks. wash the windows once a week.



    the nurse's notes are important in aiding

    the physician's work. make your pens

    carefully, you may whittle nibs to your

    individual taste.



    each nurse on day duty will report every

    day at 7am and leave at 8pm except on

    the sabbath on which day you will be off

    from 12 noon to 2pm.



    graduate nurses in good standing with

    director of nurses will be given an evening

    off each week if you go regularly to church.



    each nurse should lay aside from each pay

    day a goodly sum of her earnings for her

    benefit during her declining years, so that

    she will not become a burden. for example,

    if you earn $30 a month you should lay aside

    $15.



    any nurse who smokes, uses liquor in any

    form, gets her hair done at a beauty shop, or

    frequents dance halls will give the director

    of nurses a good reason to suspect her

    worth, intentions, and integrity.



    the nurse who performs her labors, serves

    her patients and doctors faithfully, serves

    without fault for a period of 5 years will be

    given an increase by the hospital

    administration of 5 cents a day providing there

    are no hospital debts that are outstanding.




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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    ...graduate nurses in good standing with

    director of nurses will be given an evening

    off each week if you go regularly to church.
    ...and this one...

    ...any nurse who smokes, uses liquor in any

    form, gets her hair done at a beauty shop, or

    frequents dance halls will give the director

    of nurses a good reason to suspect her

    worth, intentions, and integrity....
    ...but i truly love this...

    ...the nurse who performs her labors, serves

    her patients and doctors faithfully, serves

    without fault for a period of 5 years will be

    given an increase by the hospital

    administration of 5 cents a day providing there

    are no hospital debts that are outstanding....
    you're absolutely right stephine...i don't think i would be going into this profession either if things were the same today as they were then :imbar

    cheers!
    moe
  4. by   NursieRN
    We've come a long way, baby!!!!
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    glad it's good ole 2003.
  6. by   Merry1
    Somedays I thought I was born too late in history...but this just confirms I am where I belong and grateful to be here at this time and place
  7. by   Paprikat
    Oh, Damn...I guess I'll NEVER get to go to chruch.....
  8. by   Nurse Izzy
    in addition to caring for your 50 patients, each nurse will follow these regulations:
    50 patients!!!?!?!?

    daily sweep and mop the floors of your ward,
    dust the patient's furniture and window sills.
    maintain an even temperature in your ward
    by bringing in a scuttle of coal for the day's
    business.
    dude - i have trouble even dusting at home!!!!

    light is important to observe the patient's
    condition. therefore each day fill
    kerosene lamps, clean chimneys and
    trim wicks. wash the windows once a week.
    umm - how do you clean a chimney???

    the nurse's notes are important in aiding
    the physician's work. make your pens
    carefully, you may whittle nibs to your
    individual taste.
    oooh - thanks for the allowance!!! i get to whittle my own nibs! whoo-hoo!

    each nurse on day duty will report every
    day at 7am and leave at 8pm except on
    the sabbath on which day you will be off
    from 12 noon to 2pm.

    graduate nurses in good standing with
    director of nurses will be given an evening
    off each week if you go regularly to church.

    each nurse should lay aside from each pay
    day a goodly sum of her earnings for her
    benefit during her declining years, so that
    she will not become a burden. for example,
    if you earn $30 a month you should lay aside
    $15.
    yeah, because during the declining years we're just not any good to anyone, right?

    any nurse who smokes, uses liquor in any
    form, gets her hair done at a beauty shop, or
    frequents dance halls will give the director
    of nurses a good reason to suspect her
    worth, intentions, and integrity.
    whoa - no beauty shop????

    the nurse who performs her labors, serves
    her patients and doctors faithfully, serves
    without fault for a period of 5 years will be
    given an increase by the hospital
    administration of 5 cents a day providing there
    are no hospital debts that are outstanding.
    oooh - thanks for the favor!!
  9. by   Brita01
    Jeez! Are these for real?
  10. by   Brita01
    Oh. And what the hell is a nib? Whittle nibs?
  11. by   CountrifiedRN
    Whew! It was truly a calling back then, wasn't it?

    Thanks Stephany!
  12. by   Nurse Izzy
    A nib is the point - back then, the writing instruments were such that they were actually dipped in ink - hence the use of the blotter - to blot off extra ink. You could whittle the nib (usually a piece of wood or even a feather!) to create a fine, medium or wide writing instrument.

    http://members.tripod.com/~quillpen/
  13. by   RN2B2005
    My grandmother graduated from nursing school in 1939, at age 17. At that time, hospital nurses had to purchase their own surgical instrument packs; the physicians would then select the nurses he wanted in surgery based on both their skill and their instrument array.

    Sixty-four years later, my grandmother still has all of those instruments that she bought on her nurse's salary. Even surgical towels and bandages were purchased by the nurses themselves; my grandmother embroidered her initials onto the bandage ends so that when they came off a patient, she'd get them back. Each bandage was washed, boiled, ironed and rolled by the nurse who owned it.

    When my grandmother retired in 1979 as head OR nurse at a major Southern hospital, she was making a whopping $8.39 an hour.
  14. by   nursemouse
    My mother was a student in a diploma program prior to WW II, then served in the Army in multiple theaters during that war. I've treasured her "way back when" stories and shared them with my children. Yes, 40 Med/surg patients on nightshift as a senior student with one aide/tech to help her...and she was in charge!

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