There is a wide-felt need and legitimate demand for women to care for the sick who shall be less expert and less expensive than graduate nurses. Among those of generous fortunes the demand comes from chronic invalids needing waiting on for months or years; from victims of slight ailments, as a broken arm or brief exhaustion in overwork; from tardy convalescents of all grades of income above the very small (who must get well as they can). Graduates usually, if not always, do not wish to take these cases. A not less pressing demand comes from the large army of families, self-respecting bill payers, living on $500 to $1500 a year, to whom $18 to $30 weekly is a heart-aching burden almost impossible for even two or three weeks; where the mother's hands "keep" the house, and it is perhaps she who is laid by. Visiting nurses can not satisfy
PUTNAM HC. ATTENDANTS AND NURSEMAIDS. LESS EXPENSIVE AND LESS EXPERT SERVICE NEEDED— CLASSES BY PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATIONS—MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS FOR THE SICK THE PROPER ONES TO GIVE SUCH INSTRUCTION—THIS GRADE OF HELPERS WOULD RAISE THE STANDING OF GRADUATE NURSES. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(21):1364–1366. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480210022001h
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