National Geographic : 1934 Dec
One dayinthelifeofa Visiting Nurse Just one incidentin the busy day of a VisitingNurse-Dressingan injured foot to guard againstinfection. CHE is but one of about 16,000oo women whose days are too short to do all they are asked to do and indeed eager to do, in accordance with the doctor's orders, for those who need their skillful 'and sym pathetic care and direction in hygiene. Looking for no praise, this Visiting Nurse turned in her report for a single day. From early morning until late afternoon every minute was occupied. But there was no place in her record for her own energy, tact, courage and resourcefulness, or for fatigue, climbing dark stairs, constant drain onsym pathy for acute suffering or lost hope. Her appointments, which averaged about an hour each, began with a call on Mrs. Schmidt-an enema for intestinal disturb ance, as ordered by doctor. Then Tim Kelly-lobar pneumonia. Next, Mrs. Jacobs and new baby. After her, John Hopkins-an infected leg. Audrey Cohen next-under doctor's orders, gave insulin injection for diabetes. Mrs. Marziotti prenatal care. Mr. Simmons-a chronic in valid: paralysis. Finally, Lucy Carleton diphtheria: assisted the doctor in immuniz ing the other children; arranged home for communicable disease isolation. METROPOLITAN Li FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT . ma1 r ass aiEQ )b! "f ft| The Visiting Nurse Service is one of America's distinguished contributions to the health movement of the world and has been adopted in other countries. Here it is supported by patients whose payments are supplemented by those of organizations that recognize the vast importance of this work which includes education in health. The Visiting Nurse whole-heartedly ex tends to each patient the benefit of her ex pert training. The wage-earner who cannot stay at home when there is illness in the family, but who can afford the part-time service of a Visiting Nurse, goes to work with a lighter heart knowing that she will call at a definite time to do what is required. When possible the Visiting Nurse teaches some member of the family how to give bedside care be fore she hurries on to her next patient. Through your telephone book or your doc tor, you can find out whether or not there is a Visiting Nurse Service in your neigh borhood. These trained graduate nurses are on call in more than 6,000 cities and towns in the United States. The bedside care given by them may help turn a serious ill ness to full recovery of health and strength. FE INSURANCE COMPANY S ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. © 1934M. . I. CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."