A list of duties for nurses in 1887 compared with 2015 nurses duties

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 nurses 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., except on the Sabbath, on which day she will be off from 12 noon to 2 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.
 

Would you have chosen to become a nurse if you were required to do all of this?

I thought it might be fun to write this according to today's standards, for although this may seem crazy, it does make me wonder what the nurses in the 1800's would think about us and our rules and regulations today:

2015 List of job duties

In addition to caring for your 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.bring them and their visitors coffee and whatever else they ask for. Answer their call-bells whenever they call for you, in a timely manner, regardless of other duties you may have. 

2. Maintain an even temperature in your ward by ensuring the wall thermometer reads between 70 – 72 degrees. If it does not, it's your responsibility to call the necessary personnel to fix it. 

3. Light is important to observe the patient’s condition. Therefore, each day ensure that you check all the lights and report any that are flickering or not in working order. Check that all monitors, IV pumps and other electronic equipment is in working order. If it is not then tag it and call maintenance to come and fix it. Get it off the floor immediately in case someone sues us. Check the crash carts daily. 

4. The nurse’s notes are important in aiding your physician’s work. Use only black font on the computer  when writing your notes and report any malfunctions of the computer system to IT.  If the computer is not working, be sure you only use black ink for your back-up paper trail.  Remember, if you didn't chart it, it didn't happen. Always chart as if a judge and jury are looking over your shoulder. Make  sure you record everything just in case someone wants to sue you.

5. Each nurse on day duty will report for her shift on time. Please call in sick at least 12 hours before your shift and please bring a doctor's statement when you return or we will not believe you were really sick. 

6. Within the first five years of working you will not be granted any holidays off. You will be required to work all holidays including Christmas. 

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 $4000 a month, you should set aside $2000. This would be in the form of a pension of some kind. Don't expect us to provide you any kind of benefits for retirement. 

8. Any nurse who smokes must do it off the premises of the hospital as most hospitals are ‘smoke free.' Wearing any type of fake or gel nails is not permitted. Perfume should be avoided. Excessive make-up is not allowed, nor are tattoos or facial jewelry. 

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 nothing.

Source

http://scrubsmag.com/a-list-of-rules...ses-from-1887/