This is an interesting account of a trip to the U.S West to the town of Ketchum which lies in the heart of the Idaho Rockies. From here the group rode horses on a camping trip up the mountains. The article describes the great beauty of the area and concluded with the thought that it was well worth the while, recommending that not only men should go West, but young women -- too -- should visit.
In this first issue of the Alumnae Magazine the Publication Committee asks the members of the Association to "grant them three things:" "patience with their humble efforts"; cooperation, specifically payment of the subscription price; "voluntary contributions" of news items and articles.
Creator: Nutting, M. Adelaide (Mary Adelaide), 1858-1948
Along with the nursing appointments in the hospital and the school, Miss Nutting writes of the extensive preparation of a nurse to equip her to be successful as a nursing/hospital superintendent. There also is a section announcing the beginning of the "Preliminary Course" in the school. Finally, there is the announcement of an exhibit by the MD State Federation of Women's Clubs at the Charleston Exposition.
This article consists of the minutes of the proceedings of the regular quarterly meeting of the JHH Nurses Alumnae Association including reports of committees, report of the delegates to the Congress of Nurses, appointment of a committee to investigate cooperation with the medical profession in the fight against tuberculosis, establishment of the library with donation of $50 by the Association.
In his visit to the United States the president of the British Medical Association has found several things of interest. First, he says that "the great character of the American hospitals in the worship of asepsis" and cites several examples he noted. He also notes the use by Dr. William Halsted of silver foil as a post-operative dressing. Finally he comments on nursing, noting that the nurses "are treated with great deference," again citing a few examples.
This article is essentially a description of a new and improved bed rest for patients in bed. The older bed rest was both uncomfortable and ineffective. The new one, by curving the back support as our backs naturally are curved, corrects these defects. To accompany the article is a page of three photographs showing the bed rest in position in an empty bed, the bed rest with pillows placed in the empty bed, a patient sitting up in bed using the bed rest.
Appreciation expressed by the Publications Committee to the compliments received for the first issue of the alumnae magazine along with the request to contribute to it. Introduction to an article in this issue. Some excerpts from letters from alumnae.
The first piece of progress at the hospital is the addition of the wards for "colored" patients which are three stories high and accommodate 80 patients and provide all services. During the same year, the outside obstetric service was opened with these services shared by a few graduates, the students of the school, and graduates of Old Dominion Hospital in Richmond, VA. who do not receive this experience during their student education. The third change was in the School of Nursing which lengthened its course to three years, shortened its day to eight hours, and abolished payment to students. The final change reported was the addition of the quarters provided for the nursing staff. (This article is to be continued in the next issue.)
In addition to the very brief bits of news of alumnae, this includes several somewhat longer mention of events in the news about nurses. One: nurses in Germany requesting standardized exams with certificates for those passing; two: support by American doctors for standardized exams for American nurses; three: decision in Canada supporting a suit for lack of payment for a nurse; four: brief report of various activities in the U.S. concerning the care of "dependent and neglected" children; five: announcement that Christian Science nurses no longer will treat patients with infectious diseases; six: brief discussion of what Osteopathy is. Finally, there is sympathy expressed to two alumnae on the deaths of family members.
Longer "notes" are given as an excerpt from a letter from Anna Jamme, and a message from Ellen Wood on her Memorial District Nursing Association in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. These Notes also include an announcement about a new hot water bottle, and brief mention of the recent meeting of the National Council of Women.
This article cites the rapid growth of the Orthopedic Clinic, started for just one day a week and growing for several years to four days a week with additional help, also now including classes twice a week for instruction of the patient and family. The author cites the good experience can be gained by the student nurse in this clinic.
[Article 1:2] Progress in the Hospital Continued from the April Number. — March 1902
This is the coninuation of the article started in the March 1902 issue (erroneously called the "April" issue in the title). A major change lay not in a new building but the conversion of the old Ward I for the use of the medical school and nursing school for Obstetrics, with a few separate rooms set apart for the "isolation patients." The obstetrical area is described as being made more habitable through the use of bright paint but with few physical changes, which are minimally described. The next change cited is the conversion of the old "bath house" for the care of the increased numbers of pediatric patients. This change is not sufficient, but is better than previously available. Other changes are the addition of a larger Clinical Laboratory for the hospital and the Medical School, the enlargement of the gynecological operating room, the provision of a basement "baggage room," and the addition to the Hospital buildings by the enlargement of Ward H. (This article will be continued in a later issue.)
Creator: Nutting, M. Adelaide (Mary Adelaide), 1858-1948
The appearance of small-pox in both Philadelphia and Baltimore creates the need for vaccination or re-vanccination against the disease. The article cites statistics by both Dr. Osler and Dr. Welch supporting this action. For the fifth time in twelve years the entire staff and all inpatients at Hopkins have been vaccinated. In the United States vaccination is compulsory while in England it is voluntary. Although the length of time the vaccination protects an individual is variable, it is felt that it should be given between the ages of 10 and 15 years, and whenever small pox is epidemic.
Minutes and proceedings of the regular quarterly meeting of the alumnae Association on January 30, 1902 including reports on the progress on efforts to cooperate in the war against tuberculosis, the opening of the Library with mention of some of the contributions to it, the formation of the Quarter Club with the goal of collecting funds to fight tuberculosis, the report on the Consumer's League.
In spite of a certain hesitancy by the public, the visiting nurse practice has grown slowly but steadily. Unfortunately, those patients in "moderate circumstances" have not availed themselves of the service as have those of the "wealthy and independent." It is felt, however, that only too soon will the services of a second visiting nurse be needed.
On February 21 and 22, the University celebrated its 25th anniversary. The biggest news, among all the speeches and tributes, was the donation of 180 acres of land as the future home of the University. The excerpt from the article in the Spectator is colorful and most expressive in its appreciation.
This article tells the story of the struggle to develop a working program of a visiting nurse service in Richmond, Virginia. It has taken begging money, getting cooperation, setting up systems, establishing classes; but the program finally is bearing fruit for giving care and teaching promotion of health to the district. The Class of 1900 at Old Dominion Hospital School of Nursing gave it the initial push, beginning with purchase of a house in the "central but rather unfashionable part of the city." Finally, with the help of the local Women's Club, the work "took off." Gradually, they have met with success, developed a program for "trained attendants, a well equipped loan closet, and care for so many." The writer tells of areas still needed and looks forward to more progress in its next year. She also invites others to come with them as well.
This article is a strong protest against a recent article in the April issue of the British Nineteenth Century magazine. The article lamblasts "hospital nurses" as being unsympathetic, showing indifference to families and callousness to suffering, being limited in knowledge. The writer calls on fellow nurses to teach the public how wrong these sentiments are. In a brief addendum the editorial staff of the Alumnae Magazine asks that nurses write the magazine in protest and rebuttal, some of whom already have done so.
Summary of the Commencement Exercises held on May 29, 1902. Included is the program for the occasion, an expression of sadness at the absence of Miss Nutting, a summary of the addresses to the students, and the listing of the scholarship awards.
In this speech, Dr. Hurd first praises the graduates as "thinkers and doers" as opposed to merely "theoretical" knowledge, as persons who ca solve social and practical problems. The majority of the address are his "few personal words" to the graduates. First, continue to be students, even pursuing some special line of study, reading nursing periodicals and new textbooks. Next, become active in some social or charitable work to prevent "getting out of touch" with society and the nursing profession. Third, be sure to put money away for those years when one no longer works.
The editorial contains several items: (1) the announcement that this issue of the Alumae Magazine will contain the Annual Report of the "affairs of the Association," rather than sending two separate publications; (2) response to those who write they have not received copies of the magazine plus the appeal to be sure the Association has correct adddresses for all; (3) thanks for the compliments on the Magazine.
Creator: Nutting, M. Adelaide (Mary Adelaide), 1858-1948
In this brief article, the writer begins by quoting someone 50 years earlier about the inadequacies of his cook and the necessities for courses and schools teaching the chemistry and science of cooking. The final paragraph presents the fact that such courses exist in the U.S. in Washington and Philadelphia. And the claim is made that such teaching trains the "faculties, the eye, the hand, the mind, i.e. by experiment and observation."
Announcement of the Progress Report for the building of a modern sanitarium for Tuberculosis to be built in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The report is a very optimistic one stating that money continues to come in for the project.
[Article 1:3] Tenth Annual Report of the Alumnae Association of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School for Nurses 1901 - 1902. — July 1902
Minutes and other proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Nurses Alumnae Association, including the listing of officers, Board members, and committee chairmen and committee members for the following year; reports of the president of the Association, the Treasurer, committee chairmen, delegates to conventions. One of the discussed items was how to provide care to sick nurses although no conclusion was reached. It also contains the speech given to the group by the Women's Federation officer.
[Article 1:4] A Word About One or Two Foreign Hospitals. — December 1902
Creator: Madeira, Edith
In this article the author writes of three (3) hospitals -- St. Elizabeth's in Antwerp, an unnamed one next to the Church of San Onofico in Rome, the Stadt Krankenhaus and Corola Haus in Dresden. At theSt. Elizabeth's, she praises the hospital for its cleanliness, thoroughness, modern operating rooms as she sums it up as "one of the very best hospitals I have seen outside of America, and one of the quaintest and most picturesque." The second, in Rome, is a 300-bed pediatric hospital in an old convent adjoining the Church of San Onofico with the children cared for by nuns. Although most of the German hospitals were "very disappointing," both the Stadt Krandenhaus and the Corola Haus in Dresden gained her approval as being clean and effective.
Assessment of the success and problems of publishing the Alumnae Magazine at the conclusion of its first year -- "our hopes, our prospects and our forebodings." Members are encouraged to read the financial report of the magazine. Success has been seen from the appreciative messages received about keeping in touch with other alumnae. Some have written articles for the magazine, but we need more. The objective of serving as a forum for views about "ourselves as a body" has not thus far been achieved.
This article contains brief paragraphs of changes in staff in the hospital, names of recent alumnae visitors to the hospital, a brief accounting of the work activities of members of the most recent graduating class, and the work of Etha Butcher as a missionary nurse in India.
Private nursing in New York City is hard for a non-resident to get into, but the writer says that it definitely is possible as long as courage and a certain amount of luck accompanies the out-of-town nurse. Of course, talent excellence in the work and good appearance are needed as well.
Minutes and other proceedings of the regular quarterly meeting of the Alumnae Association held on November 5, 1902, including summary of reports of committees, discussion of annual dues, and Sick Benefit Fund.
[Article 1:4] Statement of Committee on Publications For Twelve Months, Ending Dec. 31, 1902. — December 1902
This report gives the financial status of publishing the magazine, that this year has gone well mainly due to "one large advertisement" which will be withdrawn after the year is over. It seems imperative that all alumnae subscribe, the cost of which is fifty cents per year. The committee welcomes all practical suggestions and places the maintenance of the publication in the laps of the members of the alumnae association.
In this second year of publication, the journal's financial status is quite favorable, even complimented by successful business men. The matter of subscriptions was discussed and all nurses were urged to subscribe. Other matters: the incorporation of the magazine in New York because that is where most stockholders are; payment for articles; the importance of the magazine to nurses overseas or in small towns; the need to keep unqualified people out of the profession and the help the magazine can give towards that goal.
This is a listing of the appointments on the hospital nursing staff for 1902 to 1903.
[Article 1:4] The True Spirit of the Nursing Profession An Address Made by Dr. Howard A. Kelly at the Annual Meeting of the Visiting Nurse Association of Baltimore. — December 1902
Creator: Kelly, Howard A. (Howard Atwood), 1858-1943.
The writer congratulates the Association for its work, citing the previous ignoring of the poor who need nursing help by nurses as opposed to "catering in private practice to the rich alone. He suggests that all nurses give some time to the poor without charge, just as he claims physicians always do. He expresses a desire to see the teaching of "humanities" in the education of both nurses and doctors. Finally, he emphasizes the care of the whole patient: body mind, and "spirit."