Splendid Opportunities in Nursing - page 2

Nurses, make $30-$35 a week! :) The Chicago School of Nursing was one of the first, largest and most popular of the Home Study nursing programs The school was founded in 1899 by Dr. Orville... Read More

  1. by   CheesePotato
    Quote from brian
    My, doesn't she just look thrilled as all hell to be a nurse. ::quirks eyebrow:: I've seen broader smiles on cadavers.
    Last edit by CheesePotato on Jan 15, '13 : Reason: Curse you, smartphone!
  2. by   nursel56
    Quote from CheesePotato
    My, doesn't she just look thrilled as all hell to be a nurse. ::quirks eyebrow:: I've seen broader smiles on cadavers.
    hahaha - I think maybe they were going for "noble"? All I can imagine is a little thought bubble saying, "yeah, right".

    I took home around $800/mo as an LVN in So Cal in the late 70s. It seems to me wages for nurses have stagnated or even lost ground in the last 5 years but I haven't done the math. I don't need any new reasons to be depressed.
  3. by   CloudySue
    Quote from SoldierNurse22
    Sounds...great?

    All I have to say is thank goodness it's 2012 and not 1936!
    Oh, I dunno... I would have liked avoiding all that work in nursing school and dealing w all those bizzarro instructors! ;D
  4. by   SoldierNurse22
    Quote from CloudySue
    Oh, I dunno... I would have liked avoiding all that work in nursing school and dealing w all those bizzarro instructors! ;D
    I won't pretend I enjoyed it, but if it means autonomy, I'd do it again!
  5. by   sapphire18
    I love these vintage photos!
  6. by   BrandonLPN
    I think it'd be really interesting to read the textbooks from this program....
  7. by   cienurse
    I, too, was a new LPN in the late '70s-my annual salary was $9000! And, because I was only 19 and still living with Mom and Dad, most of that income was disposable! My entire LPN program was $375, and that included 2 uniforms, 2 caps, a pair of bandage scissors, and all my books. I didn't go back for my RN until I was in my 30's and had 2 kids under the age of 10 and was working full time. Boy, would I have loved a mail order nursing program that only had 33 lessons in it!!
  8. by   BrandonLPN
    An interesting page with a bit more info on these "correspondence schools": http://www.aahn.org/features/correspondence.html
  9. by   Brian
    Thanks for sharing BrandonLPN!
  10. by   lolads85
    Thank you for sharing!
  11. by   SurgicalTechCST
    I happen to have the text from this program. It is indeed a course for "Practical Nurses." I'm not sure exactly what the procedures were at the time regarding licensure for Practical Nurses as opposed to Registration for RNs. The copyright date is 1945, right around the end of WWII.

    Practical Nurses, the vast majority of whom worked in Private Duty nursing for acute cases, taking care of new mothers and their babies for the first couple of weeks following delivery, or caring for chronically ill adults, children or the elderly, did not spend a great deal of their time working in hospitals. They are described here as working primarily in patient's homes, doctors offices, and small sanitariums which generally didn't have training schools for nurses. With the extreme nursing shortage that existed during the war, when hospitals were vastly understaffed and up to 80% of all hands-on nursing care was provided by Cadet Student Nurses and Red Cross Volunteer Nurses Aides, I imagine that there were ample amounts of work available for Practical Nurses to take on in private duty work, both in patient's homes and in hospitals.

    There is a "Pledge of the Nurse" in the front of this book. It bears little resemblance to the "Florence Nightingale​ Pledge" (not written by or even for Florence Nightingale, but in her honor) taken by all RNs for decades, other than it's a promise to conduct oneself in a professional manner in regard to interactions with patients, their families and doctors. It says, and I quote:

    "I pledge solemnly and in the name of God and my own conscience to perform faithfully all the duties that fall to a responsible nurse. I promise to live in Loyalty toward the physician; Helpfulness toward the patient intrusted (sic) to my care; Compassion toward all afflicted men, women and children; Honor toward the society in which I live, the homes which I enter, and the calling which I have chosen."

    And it says, at the top of the first page following that pledge, "Practical Nursing ... a Respected Career" Tah dah! There's the proof.

    It's a pretty thick volume, about 2" thick, with hardback covers, but it's laced together through two sets of grommets, and actually tied together on the back, and I noticed in going through the beginning pages of the program, where they explain "who we are and what we will do" and "who and what you should be and expect from us" etc, and so forth, they mention several times about "...The lessons as we send them to you." So, this book is gradually assembled by the student, as the lessons are provided over time. They give 20 "quizzes" and something they call "three honor examinations" as well, so they don't just send you lessons and leave it at that.

    This book appears to be complete. It contains all 53 lessons, the last of which discusses the fact that you have now received the last lesson, and will be getting your certificate after completing the final exam. No other paperwork that might have been sent to the student. It was a very interesting read a couple of years ago when I got it from eBay. If you happen to come across one of these books, it might be worth it from the standpoint of historical education, and just general curiosity!
  12. by   SurgicalTechCST
    It was actually a total of 53 lessons - 52 if you don't count the first "introductory" lesson, where they talk about who they are, what they are going to do for you, what kind of person makes the best kind of nurse, study skills, etc., etc., ad infinitum..... For approximately one year, if you do one lesson per week, take the quizzes and exams on time, send things right back in the mail, etc. And this is to BE a Practical Nurse, from scratch.

    You got quite a good deal starting out to be an LPN! But, then you have to consider the inflationary effects on $375 in the later '70's! I went to LPN school myself at 20, after my husband got out of the Air Force, and we moved to his home state of Indiana. I got into a program called CETA, which was almost like the Pell Grants but better, in that it not only paid for all school expenses, books, tuition, uniforms, caps, shoes, a quarterly allowance at the school bookstore for supplies, but also paid you minimum wage to go to school! You filled out a timesheet every week, just like a job, and turned it in to the school office, and I got a paycheck in the mail the next week. It was great. I have no idea what all it would have cost out of pocket, because this was at a Vocational-Technical College, and I didn't bother looking at it at the time. We moved to Indiana after he got discharged from the Air Force, and had a hard time finding work in the middle of noplace where his family all lived. So, we got pretty broke pretty quick, but found our way out of it in time. I found out about CETA, and the school, and his brother-in-law got him work at the Union trucking warehouse he drove out of. So, we did OK.

    My husband and I married one year after I had graduated from high school (Class of '75) the end of July, 1976! He was a 20 year old two-striper in the Air Force, and I was 19.

    My plans made early in high school to join the Air Force collapsed completely after spending the last two years in high school in the AFJRROTC program, doing three years work in two, becoming that Corps first female officer, having the first all girls drill team, etc. I went through the recruiter that contacted me after taking their entrance exams, the ASVABs, and acing every section but one, losing only one point on the other. Got as far as MEPs, in Richmond, VA to go in. Was supposed to go to Basic Training with one stripe already on my sleeve. Got sworn in, then started the Physicals. The very last part - after going through absolutely EVERYTHING else (!) - was the eye exam. I was nearsighted, and we all knew it, but I had no idea that I would test at ¼ of a diopter over the limit! No such thing as LASIK yet, of course. They even sent me to a private, civilian ophthalmologist to see if he could get me any closer to the high limit. He couldn't do it either. So, back I went, paperwork in hand, and ended up getting a medical discharge on the spot. And a bus ticket back to home on the coast, where I lived and grew up. On the Chesapeake Bay. In tears all the way. Longest bus ride of my life.
    ANYWAY, back to the subject at hand - my husband and I got engaged six months later, and married the following July! At his rank, even including the new allowances he got for being a married Airman, for housing and his food, we only cleared a little more than $8,000! For the year! And I worked off and on, part time. Knee surgery after we married, in a military hospital - free at that time - kept me out of the labor force for about six months. But - we had a nice little apartment that included all utilities except phone for $145 a month. Besides car insurance, plates, gas, and groceries, we had NO expenses. We owned the car outright, since I had bought it from my mother with my own money I made waiting tables. No bills. Nada. Zip! And we paid our rent with the money we got for his BAQ - Bachelor Airman Quarters is what that stood for - and was part of that total. The Commissary was awesome - the base grocery - sold groceries at their cost, plus a very small margin, and they had bag boys working at every register, who worked strictly for tips. They were falling over each other for those jobs! I made sure to tip them generously, since I had waited tables in high school. Anyway, we didn't have kids for three years, so every penny we made was pretty much our own to do with as we pleased.
    But looking back on that money now, it sure doesn't seem like much. But, at the time, since we had so few obligations, what we had was pretty much all ours! It was a ton of fun, and I almost wish we could go back there now. But that means we'd have to relive the past 40 years! If we could do it with knowledge of what was to come, I'd almost agree to it! We'd sure know what to avoid the second time around!
  13. by   SurgicalTechCST
    Quote from BrandonLPN
    I think it'd be really interesting to read the textbooks from this program....
    There's one. It's about 2" thick. That's it! 53 lessons, one a week, for one year!

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