By Angel Chang

When we hear the word “hero,” we typically think of those rushing into burning buildings, fighting on the battlefield, or defending us from criminal activity.
And while certainly those deeds are heroic and deserve our utmost respect, there are many other professions that don’t always get such recognition.
At the top of that list? Nursing.
Whether it’s an NP, LPN, RN, RNA, or CNA, these medical professionals not only save lives, but give us comfort, kindness, and compassion when we need it most — like this nurse who adopted a little boy after he recovered from a rare defect.
In a nostalgic look below, we travel back 128 years, to the year 1887. Back then, nurses had to follow a strict set of guidelines, with rules that may seem a bit confusing or confining to us today.
In addition to caring for 50 patients, each nurse had to do every one of the following…
Scroll further to read each one of these rules from more than a century ago, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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

Nurses guidelines in 1887

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

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.

Nurses guidelines in 1887

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.

Nurses guidelines in 1887

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 noon to 2 p.m.

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 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.

Nurses guidelines in 1887

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.

Nurses guidelines in 1887

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.

Nurses guidelines in 1887

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.

Nurses guidelines in 1887
Each and every hardworking nurse deserves our respect and appreciation.
Please SHARE these 1887 rules with a nurse you love!

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