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
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.
Mar 9, '01
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.
Mar 9, '01
The only big difference nowadays is that boys can be nurses and girls can be doctors.... although after taxes, the wage sounds about right.
Mar 10, '01
We have to be the only profession that historically accepts the status quo and whatever crumbs are thrown our way!
Mar 10, '01
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.
Mar 11, '01
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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