Job Description of a Bedside Nurse - 1887
• Daily sweep and mop the floors of your ward, dust the patients' 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 7 a.m. and leave at 8 p.m. except on Sabbath on which you will be off from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
• Graduate nurses in good standing with the Director of Nurses will be given an evening off each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if you go to church regularly.
• Each nurse should lay aside from each pay day a goodly sum of her earnings for her benefits in her declining years, so that she will not become a burden. For example, if you earn $30 a month, you should set aside $15.00.
• 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 good reason to suspect her worth, intentions and integrity.
• The nurse who performs her labors, serves her patients and doctors faithfully and without fault for a period of five years will be given an increase by the hospital administration of five cents a day, providing there are no hospital debts that are outstanding.
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