These Were The 9 Rules Nurses Had To Follow In The 1800s. Did You Know ANY of Them?


Do you think nursing is just another job? Think again. Nurses are extraordinary individuals who’ve chosen a profession devoted to serving others. Nurses assist patients by providing care and support; they are all-around rock stars. Their skills are not restricted to learning needle sizes and understanding medical jargon; they have practical and useful skills that we could all benefit from.

Even though there are very many different types of nurses, they all have a universal compassion for the sick and injured. Nurses do not ignore pain and suffering, and this makes them the real heroes of the medical field.


These days nursing has taken on new dimensions, and we see new roles emerging in this field, but nurses have been around for as long as men and women have needed medical care. Evolution is not uncommon in other careers, so it has been the same for people in this industry. Let’s take a look at the kinds of duties performed by nurses back in 1887, which are now obsolete by today’s nursing and medical standards.

Sweeping & Mopping

Did you know that nurses in the late 19th century did nonmedical hospital chores? In those days, there were no janitors and medical care was more on the conservative side. Hospital beds, furniture, and floor, were kept clean by the nurses.

Maintain Ward Temperature

It was the job of the nurses in that era to make sure that the appropriate temperature of the wards was maintained. The nurses would usually bring in a scuttle of coal to achieve this balance.


You can’t carry out proper medical services without light; electricity was not a commercial commodity until the 20th century. Consequently, kerosene lamps and hearth fireplaces were commonly used as sources of light.

Medical Notes

The nurse’s notes are essential in supporting a physician’s work. Without these records, physicians could not tell one patient’s history from another.

Leisure Activities

Nurses who get their hair done, visit dance halls, smoke or drink, were regarded as worthless and lacking in integrity. If a nurse carried out her duties and served her patients and the doctors conscientiously for up to five years, she would get an increase in wages of five cents per day.


Nursing has come a long way since 1887. Developments in the medical sector such as emergency/trauma treatment, intensive care units, and recovery rooms – during the Korean War and Vietnam War – have created the necessity for the advanced medical skills of nurses.

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