What is Nux Vomica? State Board Questions From the Turn of the 20thCentury: An Era Gone By - page 2

New England turned out the first formally trained nurse, Linda Richards in 1873 from New England Hospital for Women and Children Training School for Nurses. In 1873 the first nursing school in the... Read More

  1. by   KrysyRN
    Quote from No Stars In My Eyes
    I have the entire course of a mail-order nurses-training course from 1936, presented in 53 Lessons, by The Chicago School of Nursing. Each lesson is followed by "Test Questions For Self-Examination". Then, every fourth lesson, "regular examination" questions are to be answered in writing and then mailed to the school for correction and grading. It doesn't seem that any clinical experiences were required by this course.

    Some interesting things from a list of "Don'ts:
    Don't bustle.
    Don't be fussy.
    Don't contradict your patient.
    Don't fail in being cheerful under all circumstances.
    Don't let your patient see that you are annoyed.
    Don't stir medicine with your finger.
    Don't taste either medicine or nourishment in the patient's presence. (HA!)

    I haven't gone through each lesson, but only skimmed certain parts. It is a real eye-opener!
    Fascinating! Did the lessons belong to someone you know? I believe my great aunt graduated from this nursing school, but I'm unsure when. It could very well have been around 1936.

    This thread is a fun read!
  2. by   bluebonnetrn
    I have a "Basic Nursing" textbook from 1955
    I haven't read it cover to cover but every time I skim through I find something interesting and amusing.
    Stuffed inside the book there is an "Auxiliary Nursing News" pamphlet dated February 1957.
    The main article is "Learning to Take Blood Pressure" an the first paragraph reads: "It is possible that you may never be required to take blood pressure. In the home or office, the doctor often prefers to take his own reading. In larger hospitals, trained persons other than auxiliary nurses are usually assigned to take blood pressures."
    One chapter is titled "Housekeeping Duties in the Hospital" and includes things about caring for flowers which details daily care for cut flowers in vases and even gives instructions for arranging flowers attractively. This chapter also has a section on the care for rubber goods:
    Rubber sheets and pillowcases should be hung on bars or put away rolled, as they will crack when folded. Rubber goods should never be hung on a radiator or near any heat. Rubber gloves are rinsed with cod water after use and then turned inside out and washed on both sides with warm soapy water, then rinsed in cold water. Inspect for holes by filing each glove with water; the water will gradually seep out from an imperfect glove. A glove with the tiniest hole should be put away to be mended, as infections could be transmitted through the hole. Before the gloves are put away, they should be carefully dried and powdered, inside and outside."
    There is also a section that details the long and tedious procedure for completing a urinary analysis.

    And on a similar note, does anyone else watch Call the Midwife? I LOVE THAT SHOW!!!
    And if you haven't read the books you should, they are as wonderful and more detailed than the show.
  3. by   subee
    Nursing needs it's own historical museum.
  4. by   Brenda F. Johnson
    Quote from subee
    Nursing needs it's own historical museum.
    That's a fantastic idea!