METHODS OF NURSING IN THE NURSES' SETTLEMENT, NEW YORK CITY

JANE ELIZABETH HITCHCOCK
1907 The American Journal of Nursing  
Brewster. Upon the foundation of their years of personal effort has grown a large plant which has divided itself into four definite branches of usefulness. Each branch has its own head, but each is alike under the guidance of Miss Wald, much as the colleges of a university are gathered under the sheltering wings of their Alma Mater. These four branches are: 1. Civic work-fights for (clean) streets, better schools, more parks, improved housing conditions, etc. 2. Social work-clubs, classes,
more » ... lubs, classes, kindergarten, gymnasiums, etc. 3. Country work-summer fresh-air parties, camps, vacation houses, convalescent homes. 4. Visiting nursing. It is with the last branch mentioned, the visiting nursing, its aims, system, and method, that this article has to deal. From time to time nurses make casual visits at the Settlement, and from the questions that are put to us we realize that we have been so busy growing and developing that we have probably not taken our sister nurses sufficiently into our confidence. It is doubtless our fault that in those from whom we naturally expect the greatest sympathy we have sometimes felt a lack of understanding. The nursing staff of the Henry Street Settlement to-day numbers thirty trained nurses. Five of these are busied about the various executive posts, heads of different branches, convalescent homes, etc. The remaining twenty-five have to deal directly with the visiting nursing, and include a supervisor, an assistant supervisor, and twentythree staff nurses. As we are dealing in this article with the subject of the visiting nursing, we shall touch only upon the work of the twenty-five who comprise the nursing staff as related to the visiting nursing. Of this group the two supervisors and ten staff nurses are of the household at 265 Henry Street. The remaining thirteen live in other settlement houses scattered throughout the city, or imflats 4(50
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