In 1887, nurses were a very important part of the medical field. The strict rules they were governed by are a bit crazy in this day and age. Back then, nurses had to manage many, many more patients than they do today (the ratio was 1 nurse to 50 patients)! They also had to follow these 9 rules:
1. Nurses must dust the patient’s furniture and window sills daily, and must sweep and mop the floors of their entire ward.
2. Every nurse has to bring a scuttle of coals to the hospital to help maintain an even temperature in the ward.
3. Nurses must always clean and maintain kerosene lamps on a daily basis to ensure doctors have plenty of light to work in.
4. Nurses must take copious notes to assist the doctor’s work.
5. Nurses will report to work at 7 a.m. and leave at 8 p.m. every day except the Sabbath, where they are off from noon to 2 p.m.
6. Graduate nurses in good standing with their director may take one evening off each week for courting purposes, or two evenings if they regularly attended church.
7. Nurses are required to set aside a “goodly sum” of their monthly earnings in order to save up for her declining years so she won’t be a burden. Setting aside roughly 50% of your monthly income was a general rule of thumb.
8. Nurses who smoke, use liquor in any way, get their hair done at beauty salons or frequent dance halls will be subject to having their worth, intentions and integrity questioned by her superiors.
9. Nurses who perform their duties faithfully and professionally without fault for five years will receive a raise of five cents per day.
If you know someone who might like this, please click “Share!”