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Steve Densley: A Christmas tribute to nurses by Idowu Olabode : December 22, 2014, 12:47:42 PM
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” -- Norman Vincent Peale

Each year during the holidays, I established a tradition of sending a personal letter to a person who made the greatest positive impact on our family or myself.

This year my tribute goes to the world of nursing rather than a single person. It goes to those who care for a vast number people in need.


For some time now I have had the privilege of sitting on the Board of Directors for the Timpanogos Regional Hospital and Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield.

It has placed me in situations that have made me much more aware of the tremendous job nurses do in caring for those who may be ill or struggling.

I am astonished at the incredible kindness that has been shown to my own parents and to many others that I have had the chance to visit in hospitals this year.

There must be a special place in heaven for nurses who chose to care for those in pain, suffering and, in many cases, near the end of life on this earth.

I was fascinated to read about one special nurse who was part of the establishment in one of the first hospitals in our state, Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City. Her name was M. Holy Cross and she became a legend within the early health care world of Utah in the late 1800s.

The article talks of the personal sacrifice the nurses made in those early years.

Accounts speak of them giving up their apartments and sleeping on the floor or sometimes even the operating tables to make room for patients.

To give us a glimpse of the spirit and humility of the nurses at that time, Sister Cross put together a directive for the hospital nurses that displays the depth and love she had for her profession.

She believed if she made a mistake, it was an error of heart, and not of head as she displayed her patience beyond endurance. She displayed a need for religious, moral and professional perfection. The values and priorities in the Directive, written by her, were as follows:

1) Each nurse will be responsible for 50 patients and will daily sweep and mop the floors of your ward, dust the patients’ furniture and windowsills.

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. Wash the windows once a week.

4) The nurse’s notes are important in aiding the 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 7:00 a.m. and leave at 8:00 p.m. except on the Sabbath on which day you will be off from 12:00 noon to 2:00 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 to church regularly.

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 shopor frequents dance halls will give the director of nurse’s 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 a day providing there are no hospital debts that are outstanding.

Albert Pike said, “What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

My heart goes out to all those who have chosen this profession of improving the lives of others. While there have been changes in requirements, the commitment of nurses remains strong and amazing.

Merry Christmas and thank you for your wonderful gift of compassion and caring!

Source: http://m.heraldextra.com/news/community/steve-densley/steve-densley-a-christmas-tribute-to-nurses/article_a2b1748d-2548-58c1-b2e5-f819b979641d.html

Re: Steve Densley: A Christmas tribute to nurses by lepsy : December 06, 2015, 03:35:08 PM
That was a whole lot of  slavery, crap and bullshit back then.

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