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
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
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
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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