Today is the last day in National Nurses Week 2016. I used to make a big deal about this but as the role of nurses became less and less respected, I drifted away from it. but old habits die hard and I feel like notice should be taken. So from the lofty ideals of nursing pioneers like Florence nightingale and Clara Barton, it’s come down to this:
That’s right. School nurses on a budget have the pity of the Etsy crowd. At first I took offence to this, thinking this was more appropriate for a volunteer girl scout leader than a professional nurse but then I realized school nurses are more school than nurse. And so the tremendous amount of school taxes being shelled out by the Average Working Joe population is funneled into union coffers and salary & benefits for individuals, leaving precious little to fund things like an adequately stocked nurse’s office.
So maybe I was too quick to judge. In the early days, nurses were making their own bandages in the filed so the Crimea and cooking nutritious food in tent kitchens – dish washing is only one step away from that.
Join me in a trip down memory lane to catch up on some well-known nurses: