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month of trial and previous to being accepted as a pupil in the school, the applicant must be prepared for an examination in reading, penmanship, simple arithmetic, and English dictation. The examination is to test the applicant's ability to read aloud well, to write legibly and accurately, to understand arithmetic as far as fractions and per cent, and take notes of lectures. This amount of education is indispensable for a member of the school, but applicants are reminded that women of superior education and cultivation will be preferred.
During the probationary month, board, lodging, and laundry work are provided by the school. The probationer provides her own dress.
The training-school authorities reserve the right to terminate the connection of a pupil with tho school at any time in case of misconduct, inefficiency, or neglect of duty. Those who prove satisfactory are accepted as pupils after signing a written agreement to remain at the school for two years, including the probationary month, and during that time to obey the rules of the school and hospital and to be subordi. nato to the authorities governing the same. Pupils reside at the home and serve as assistant in various departments of the hospital for the full two years. They are also expected to perform any duty assigned to them by the superintendent of nurses. After the month of probation pupils
are required, when on duty, to wear the dress prescribed by the hospital, which is a blue gingham, simply made, with white apron and cap and linen collar and cuffs. Probationers are not allowed to wear this dress.
In addition to their board and lodging, and a reasonable amount of laundry work, the nurses will be provided with uniforms, the necessary nots and text books, also five dollars ($5) per month. This sum is not given as pay for services rendered, it being considered that their education during that time is a full equivalent for their services,
The day nurses are on duty from 7.30 a, m. to 7.30 p. m., with an hour off for dinner and additional time for exercise or rest. The pupils have a right to one-half of Sunday and are often given a half day in the week. A vacation of two weeks is allowed each year during the summer. In sickness the pupils are cared for gratuitously, but the time lost must be made np.
The course of instruction is given by visiting and resident physicians and surgeons at the bedside of the patients and by the superintendent and head nurse. A regular course of lectures, recitations, and demonstrations is also given with examinations at stated periods. When the full term of two years is ended the nurses receive, if they pass the examination and are otherwise satisfactory, a diploma certifying to the course of training and practice.
Questions to be answered by candidates. (1) Name in full. (2) Are you a single woman or widow ?
(3) If a widow, have you children; how many; their ages; how are they provided for?
(4) Are you otherwise free from domestic responsibility, so that you are not liable to be called away during the two years' course?
(5) Your present occupation or employment.
(11) In what schools and places were you educated; and state what your advantages have been.
(12) Have you ever been in any other hospital or training school?
(18) The names in full of two persons to be referred to, not relatives; and state how long each has known you, if proviously employed; one of these must be the last employer. (19) Have you read and do you clearly understand the regulations? Contract signed by pupil nurses on entering the school.
WASHINGTON, D. C., 1894 I,
the undersigned, do hereby agree to remain two years, from date, a pupil of the above-named institution, and promise during that time to obey the rules of school and hospital and to be subordinate to the authorities governing the
2. T. SOWERS, M. D., Chief.
J. R. WELLINGTON, M. D.
WASHINGTON HOSPITAL FOR FOUNDLINGS.
WASHINGTON, D, C., July 19, 1899. SIR: The board of directors of the Washington Hospital for Foundlings have the honor to transmit to you the annual report of that institution for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1899, in accordance with your letter inviting attention to section 4 of the act of April 22, 1871. Number remaining in hospital June 30, 1898....
44 Number received during the year 31 1898—July ..
4 Adoptions during the year
3 Deatbe. 25 1899–January
2 43 April...
2 Readmitted ....
1 Children transferred
25 Of this number 19 were under 6 months of age, and 6 had passed the first year.
$140,000.00 Estimated value of personal property (consisting of furniture, equipment, and supplies on hand)
Estimated value of real estate...
1,000.00 Accumulated endowmentor sinking fund (consisting of mortgages, notes,
bonds, accounts, etc., payable to the institution, and cash on hand or in bank belonging to endowment, building, or permanent funds)..... 4,527.66