How much further ahead of we than we were in 1887?

  1. This was sent to me from another MNM member. I couldn't help but note that while the specifics have changed, the underlying belief of what nurses should be is here, take a look and tell me what you think.
    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. 5 Comments

  3. by   Mijourney
    Oh well, so much for history not repeating itself!

    rncountry, the last few sentences in your post have particular relevance with me, because I have had many friends and acquaintances in the hospital setting get broadsided by management in the last five or so years because of the budget. Either they have experienced lengthy pay freezes and/or have gotten laid off.
  4. by   Tim-GNP
    The only big difference nowadays is that boys can be nurses and girls can be doctors.... although after taxes, the wage sounds about right.
  5. by   Tiara
    We have to be the only profession that historically accepts the status quo and whatever crumbs are thrown our way!
  6. by   oramar
    That is why I say the roots of the oppression we now experience go way back. Did you notice that the biggest similarity is the fact that nurses do and have done every donkey job that no one else will do. They figure you been doing it for 150 years why not now.
  7. by   3651bht
    Didn't someone say once, "If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen." How about some cheese with your whine......

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