Whether you’re a new nurse or a been around for a while, it’s always intriguing to take a look back at the history of the nursing profession.
This list illuminates the day-to-day tasks and regulations pertaining to the life of a nurse in 1887—before routine charting was even invented.

1887 Nursing Job Description

In addition to caring for your 50 patients, each bedside nurse will follow these regulations:

1. Daily sweep and mop the floors of your ward, dust the patient’s furniture and window sills.

2. Maintain an even temperature in your ward by bringing in a scuttle of coal for the day’s business.

3. Light is important to observe the patient’s condition. Therefore, each day fill kerosene lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks.

4. The nurse’s notes are important in aiding your physician’s work. Make your pens carefully; you may whittle nibs to your individual taste.

5. Each nurse on day duty will report every day at 7 a.m. and leave at 8 p.m
6. 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 regularly to church.

7. Each nurse should lay aside from each payday a goodly sum of her earnings for her benefits during her declining years, so that she will not become a burden. For example, if you earn $30 a month, you should set aside $15.

8. 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.

9. The nurse who performs her labors and 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 per day.

Some things never change, and some have changed A LOT in the last 130 years. What would you say?

Майя Янкович
сербский фeшн и lifestyle блоггер. Родилась в Белграде в 1970 году. В 1993 году окончила Российскую Экономическую Академию имени Г.В. Плеханова в Москве и прошла стажировку в Каннах и Милане. На родину вернулась в 1994 году , где начала свою карьеру журналистом и ведущей на телеканале “RTV Politika”. В процессе работы стала много времени уделять моде, красоте и lifestyle и была назначена директором специальных проектов сегмента премиум и люкс, в американскиx маркетинг компаниях GREY WORLDWIDE и DRAFTFCB. Последние два года пишет lifestyle и fashion блог для самого известного сербского торгового центра "Ušće” и руководит поддержкой и разработкой нестандартных креативных спецпроектов, реализовая опыт и творческий потенциал.

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