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Public Document No. 91



THIRD ANNUAL REPORT



Board of Registration

of Nurses. ''



For the Year ending Dec. 31, 1912.




BOSTON:

WEIGHT & POTTER PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTERS,

18 Post Office Square.

1913.



Approved by
The State Boaed of Publication.



®t)e alommntuDmltl) of itlasBactyusette.



Board op Registration of Nurses,
State House, Boston, Dec. 31, 1912.

To His Excellency Eugene N. Foss.

Sir : — In compliance with section 9 of chapter 449 of the
Acts of 1910, the Board of Eegistration of Nurses respectfully
submits its annual report for the year ending Dec. 31, 1912.

The number of nurses applying for registration this year is
220 ; number registered is 195 ; rejected, 18 ; and 7 are enrolled
for examination next month.

The number of nurses registered since the organization of the
Board in October, 1910, is 5,499. Of this number, 5,208 were
registered under the provisions of section 5 of the registration
act, which provided for the registration during a limited period
of two classes of nurses without requiring any examination test
whatever as to their fitness to care for the sick. One class in-
cluded applicants who had been engaged in nursing as an occu-
pation during the five years next prior to the date of applica-
tion ; the other class included applicants who had " had such
experience in a hospital or training school as in the opinion of
the board would justify registration." This classification is
regarded as a most unfortunate feature of the law, unjust both
to the trained nurse and to the public. A knowledge of nurs-
ing acquired solely by an experience of five years in intermit-
tent caring for the sick cannot be regarded as an equivalent of
three, or even of two, years of constant preparation in a hospital-
training school.

Of the number 5,208, registered as provided in section 5,
without an examination, 588 belong to the five-year class. Eeg-
istration under section 5 ceased in April, 1911. Since that time
291 applicants have been registered, and 24 have been rejected.

The law requires the Board to hold three examinations in each
year, one in January, one in April and one in October. The
examinations consist of both written and practical exercises.



4 REGISTRATION OF NURSES. [Jan.

The subjects discussed are general nursing, ethics, dietetics and
infant feeding, obstetrics, anatomy and physiology and home
sanitation.

Nurses desiring to take an examination must file their appli-
cations not later than five days before the examination date.
Application blanks are mailed to nurses on request.

Nurses who have secured registration through examination in
another State, and who have located in this State to engage in
professional nursing, can apply for registration under section
6, which provides that the Board " shall have power to register,
. . . without examination, .any person who has been registered
as a professional nurse in another State." The Board, however,
strongly recommends such persons to apply for registration
under the provisions of section 3, which requires an examina-
tion. A registration secured in this manner receives the high-
est commendation.

Due consideration for the protection of society against incom-
petent service in the sick room has induced most of the States
to enact laws relative to the registration of nurses, the funda-
mental idea being supposedly that the public has a right to know
from some authoritative source that persons holding themselves
out as competent to care for the sick have qualified themselves
for such service by a reasonable amount of training-school in-
struction and hospital service. But the Massachusetts law dis-
regards this fundamental principle, and as its chief aim pro-
vides an easy method for an indiscriminate registration of
nurses, the capable and incapable, the really competent nurse
who has graduated from a three-year course in a general hospi-
tal and the partially trained nurse holding a certificate of grad-
uation from a two-year course in some small private hospital or
sanatorium.

The Board is of the opinion that graduates only of creditable
training schools should be eligible to take the State examina-
tions, and that the Board should have authority to inspect the
numerous training schools in the Commonwealth to determine
their standing.

The Board therefore recommends that section 3 of chapter
449 of the Acts of 1910 be amended by striking out all of the
words in the said section, as printed in the Acts and Resolves of



1913.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 91. 5

the year 1910, as far as the word " An", in the twelfth line,
and inserting in place thereof the following : —

Applicants for registration under this section who shall furnish the
board with satisfactory proof that they are twenty-one years of age
or over, of good moral character, and that they have received certifi-
cates of graduation from a training school for nurses considered effi-
cient by the board, shall, upon the payment of a fee of five dollars, be
examined, and if found qualified, shall be registered and authorized
to use the title Registered Nurse, and shall receive a certificate thereof
from the board signed by its chairman and secretary.

The board shall have authority under this section to investigate at
any time the several training schools for nurses in this commonwealth,
for the purpose of determining their efficiency as shown by their gen-
eral equipment, by the character, the methods, and the extent of in-
struction given therein. The expense, as approved by the chairman and
secretary of the board, of such investigations, shall be paid out of the
treasury of the commonwealth from the fund standing to the credit of
the board, — so that said section, as amended, shall read as follows : —
Section 3. Applicants for registration under this section who shall
furnish the board with satisfactory proof that they are twenty-one
years of age or over, of good moral character, and that they have
received a certificate of graduation from a training school for nurses
considered efficient by the board, shall, upon the payment of a fee of
five dollars, be examined, and if found qualified, shall be registered
and authorized to use the title Registered Nurse, and shall receive a
certificate thereof from the board signed by its chairman and secretary.

The board shall have authority under this section to investigate at
any time the several training schools for nurses in this commonwealth,
for the purpose of determining their efficiency as shown by their gen-
eral equipment, by the character, the methods, and the extent of in-
struction given therein. The expense, as approved by the chairman and
secretary of the board, shall be paid out of the treasury of the com-
monwealth from the fund standing to the credit of the board. An
applicant who fails to pass an examination satisfactory to the board,
and is therefore refused registration, shall be entitled, within one year
after such refusal, to a re-examination at a meeting of the board called
for the examination of applicants, without the payment of an addi-
tional fee. The said board may, after a hearing, by vote of a majority
of its members, annul the registration and cancel the certificate of any
nurse; and, without a hearing, may annul the registration and cancel
the certificate of a nurse who has been found guilty of a crime or mis-
demeanor. All fees received by the board shall once a month be paid
by its secretary into the treasury of the commonwealth.



REGISTRATION OF NURSES. [Jan. 1913.



Financial Statement.
Receipts.
The amount of fees paid into the treasury of the Common-
wealth since the organization of the Board is . . . $27,670 00
The amount of fees paid into the treasury received from

220 applicants for registration this year is 1,100 00

Disbursements.

The amount expended for salaries, incidental expenses of
the Board, advertising, postage, printing and material,
and other office supplies since the organization of the
Board, is 6,779 00

The amount paid for salaries and incidental expenses this
year is 2,117 54

Balance in treasury standing to the credit of the Board, . 20,891 00

The registration act now in force is printed in the Appendix ;
also an alphabetical list of the names of nurses registered this
year.

Respectfully submitted,

MAEY M. RIDDLE, R.K, Chairman.
EDWIN B. HARVEY, M.D., Secretary.
LUCIA L. JAQUITH, R.K
MARY E. SHIELDS, R.K
CHARLES A. DREW, M.D.



APPENDIX.



LAW RELATING TO THE REGISTRATION

OF NURSES.



Chapter 449 of the Acts of 1910.

An Act to provide for the Registration of Nurses.

Section 1. A Board of Registration of Nurses is hereby established
to consist of five members. One member shall be the secretary of the
board of registration in medicine, ex officio; the other four members
shall, within sixty days after the passage of this act, be appointed by
the governor with the advice and consent of the council. Three mem-
bers shall be nurses holding diplomas, each from a different training
school for nurses giving at least a two years' course in the theory and
practice of nursing in a hospital, and they shall have had eight years'
experience in nursing the sick. The fifth member shall be a physician
who is superintendent of a hospital having a training school for nurses.
The four appointive members shall be appointed to serve as follows:
one member for one year, one for two years, one for three years and
one for four years from the first day of October, nineteen hundred and
ten, and until their respective successors are appointed; and thereafter
the governor, with the advice and consent of the council, shall annually,
before the first day of October, appoint one person qualified as afore-
said to hold office for four years from the first day of October next
ensuing. Vacancies in said board shall be filled for the unexpired term
in the manner of the original appointment. Any member of the said
board may be removed, for cause, by the governor with the advice and
consent of the council.

Section 2. The members of said board shall meet at the office of
the board of registration in medicine on the second Tuesday of October,
nineteen hundred and ten, and annually thereafter, and shall imme-
diately proceed to organize by electing a chairman who shall hold office
for the term of one year. The secretary of the board of registration in
medicine shall be secretary of the board of registration in nursing, and
shall receive as compensation therefor such sums as may be fixed by the
governor and council, to be paid from fees received hereunder. The
said board shall hold three regular meetings in each year; one on the
second Tuesday of January, one on the second Tuesday of April, and
one on the second Tuesday of October at the office of the board of regis-
tration in medicine, and it may hold additional meetings at such times
and places as it may determine.



10 REGISTRATION OF NURSES. [Jan.

Section - 3. It shall be the duty of said board, immediately upon its
organization, to notify all persons engaged in the practice of nursing
the sick in this commonwealth of the times, places and subjects of the
examinations for registration, by publication in one or more newspapers
in each county. Application for registration shall be made upon blanks
to be furnished by the board, and shall be signed and sworn to by the
applicants. An applicant for registration who shall furnish satisfactory
proof that he or she is at least twenty-one years of age, and of good
moral character shall, upon payment of a fee of five dollars, be exam-
ined by the said board, and, if found to be qualified, shall be registered,
with a right to use the title Registered Nurse, and shall receive a cer-
tificate thereof from the board signed by the chairman and secretary.
An applicant who fails to pass an examination satisfactory to the board,
and is therefore refused registration, shall be entitled, within one year
after such refusal, to a re-examination at a meeting of the board called
for the examination of applicants, without the payment of an additional
fee. The said board may, after a hearing, by vote of a majority of its
members, annul the registration and cancel the certificate of any nurse;
and, without a hearing, may annul the registration and cancel the cer-
tificate of a nurse who has been found guilty of a crime or misdemeanor.
All fees received by the board shall once a month be paid by its secre-
tary into the treasury of the commonwealth.

Section 4. Examinations shall be partly in writing in the English
language and partly in practical work, and shall include the principles
and methods of nursing. Due credit shall be given for examinations in
special branches.

Section 5. Any resident of this commonwealth who shall make appli-
cation for registration within one year after the passage of this act, and
who shall prove to the satisfaction of the board, by affidavit or other-
wise, that he or she was actually engaged for five years next prior to the
date of application in nursing the sick in a competent manner or has
had such experience in a hospital or training school as, in the opinion
of the board, would justify registration, shall be registered without
examination on the payment of a fee of five dollars.

Section 6. The board shall have power to register in like manner,
without examination, any person who has been registered as a profes-
sional nurse in another state under laws which in the opinion of the
board maintain a standard substantially similar to that of this act.

Section 7. Each member of the board, except the secretary, shall
receive five dollars for every day actually spent in the performance of
his or her duties : provided, however, that in no event shall the total sum
paid to any member of said board exceed one hundred and fifty dollars
in any one year, and the necessary travelling expenses actually incurred
in attending the meetings of the board, not exceeding three cents a mile
each way. The said compensation and travelling expenses and any in-



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cidental expenses necessarily incurred by the board or any member
thereof shall, if approved by the board, be paid from the treasury of the
commonwealth, but only from the fees paid into the said treasury by
the board.

Section 8. The board shall investigate all complaints of violation of
the provisions of this act, and report the same to the proper prosecuting
officers.

Section 9. The board shall keep a record of the names of all persons
registered hereunder, and of all money received and disbursed by it, and
a duplicate thereof shall be open to inspection in the office of the secre-
tary of the commonwealth. Said board shall annually, on or before
the first day of January, make a report to the governor of the condition
of professional nursing in this commonwealth, of all its official acts
during the preceding year, and of its receipts and disbursements.

Section 10. Whoever, not being authorized to practice as a registered
nurse within this commonwealth, practices or attempts to practice as a
registered nurse, or uses the abbreviation, R. N., or any other words,
letters, or figures to indicate that the person using the same is such a
registered nurse, shall for each offence be punished by a fine of not more
than one hundred dollars. Whoever becomes registered or attempts to
become registered, or whoever practices or attempts to practice, as a
registered nurse under a false or assumed name, shall for each offence
be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred nor more than five
hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for three months, or by both such
fine and imprisonment.

Section 11. This act shall not apply to gratuitous nursing of the
sick by friends or members of the family, or to the acts of any person
nursing the sick for hire who does not assume to be a registered nurse.

Section 12. The board may make such rules and regulations with
reference to procedure hereunder as it may deem expedient, provided
that the same are not inconsistent with this act or with any other law of
the commonwealth.

Section 13. For the purpose of the appointment of said board and
of the registration of persons by it hereunder, this act shall take effect
upon its passage, and it shall take full effect on the first day of October
in the year nineteen hundred and ten. [Approved April 27, 1910.



12



REGISTRATION OF NURSES.



[Jan.



ALPHABETICAL LIST OF THE NAMES OF
NURSES REGISTERED IN 1912. .



Ashley, Lelia Helen.
Avery, Berenice Cotton.

Bancroft, Marion.
Barclay, Annie Seagrave.
Bedard, Beatrice Marie.
Behrens, Harriette Elena.
Bennett, Jessie Palema.
Blackwell, Bertha Edna.
Bonner, Gertrude.
Bonnevie, Wilhelmine.
Bradley, Agnes Margaret.
Bradley, Nellie Myrtie.
Brainerd, Charlotte Maria.
Brothwell, Barbara.
Brown, Marion Morrison.
Brown, Mary Thompson.

Cafferkey, Elizabeth Agnes.
Calderwood, Clara Glidden.
Caldwell, Hattie Jane.
Callanan, Maria Agnes.
Carberry, Margaret Ann.
Carlstrom, Hermanna Olivia.
Cavanaugh, Elizabeth Gertrude.
Clark, Bertha Ellen.
Cleary, Elizabeth Kelley.
Clukey, Evelyn May.
Coates, Jessie.
Connors, Annie Theresa.
Cosgrove, Edith Jane.
Craig, Leroy Nathaniel.
Craigie, Sybil Gladstone.
Craven, Lena Anna.
Croken, Margaret.
Crowley, Ellen Maude.
Crummer, Kenneth Thomas.
Curtin, Minnie Teresa.



Darby, Lester Dyer. 1
Dawson, Margaret Eosalee.
Dempsey, Julia Anne.
Dencklan, Pauline Louise.
Devaney, Eose.
Dolley, Thomas Jefferson.
Driscoll, Caroline.
Durfee, Bichard Frederick. 1

Eastman, Gertrude Virginia.
Egeler, Florence Churchill.
Elliott, Alice Leone.

Farnsworth, Mary Ida.
Farrand, Alice Amanda.
Feindel, Dorothy Viola.
Finnegan, Margaret.
Finnegan, Mary Ann Cletus.
Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Agnes.
Fitzpatrick, Margaret Mary.
Forbes, Ethelyn W. Poole.
Foster, Eose May.
Frame, Edna Elizabeth.
Frost, Lillian Elnora.

Gaskin, Martha Elizabeth.
Gertz, Julia Edith Florence.
Gibson, Edith.
Giddens, Etta Elizabeth.
Goetz, Marie Antoinette.
Goodhall, Annie Maria.
Goodridge, Nellie Chase.
Gould, Lillian Ella.
Grady, Mary Teresa.
Greenwald, Esther.

Hagan, Jedidah Burnes.
Hall, Hulda King.



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Hall, Mabel Beatrice.
Hallowell, Myrtle Mae.
Hancock, Annie Veronica.
Hannan, Ethel Ortilla.
Hannigan, Winifred Agnes.
Harrington, Angela.
Hart, Helen Teresa.
Hartt, Caroline Merry.
Haynes, Ida Marion.
Hemphill, Julia Theresa.
Higgins, Kathryn Frances.
Honey, Florence Emerson.
Horgan, Gertrude Allison.
Hornbrooke, Lottie Martha.
Horton, Eegina Philomene.
Howe, Fanny Eeynolds.
Hughes, Myra Frances.

Jacobson, Hannah Christine.
Johnson, Helen.
Johnson, Mabel Alice.
Johnston, Clementina.

Keany, Alice Louise.
Keegan, Mary.
Kelley, Mary Catherine.
Kelly, Eunice Irene.
Kelly, Lucy Francis Belin.

Lane, Margaret Elizabeth.
Langlois, Edith Elinor.
Larkin, Barbara Ellen.
Laws, Julia Ellen.
Leary, Margaret Marion.
Legendre, Louise Collette.
Loughney, Lizzie.
Lufkin, Harriett Tarr.
Lyden, Mae Olga.

McCabe, Eliza Jane.
McCarthy, Katherine Teresa.
McCarthy, Mary Theresa.
McClarty, Edith Annie.
McDonald, Jean Letitia.
McEwan, Elizabeth Archibald.
McLannan, Vera.
McLean, Evalyn Alexandra.
McManus, Mary Elizabeth.
McMorrow, Bose A.
MacAulay, Margaret.



Mackay, Mary Jane.
Mackie, Mary.
Mahoney, Agnes Lucy.
Malone, Jennie Theresa.
Mann, Edith Belle.
Mara, Julia Margaret.
Martin, Sarah.
Miller, Dell.
Misner, Sadie B.
Moore, Mary Eliza.
Morissey, Florence Mary.
Munroe, Boxa Ellen.
Murray, Louise Mary.

Nolan, Lillian Hackett.

Newnham, Florence Muriel Gertrude.

Oakman, Wealthy Carver.
O'Connor, Josephine Marie.

Pascal, Etta Josephine.
Patterson, Anna Catherine.
Perkins, Mabel Eliza.
Perry, Dorothy Bronte.
Phalen, Harriet Mary.
Phillips, Kathryn Dorothy.
Phillips, Lila Malinda.
Power, Lucy.
Powers, Grace Margaret.
Pryer, Edna May.

Quinn, Delia Agatha.
Quinn, Maiy M.

Baynes, Lucille Marie.

Bedfearn, Mary Hannah Stella.

Beed, Ethel Mae.

Biley, Ellen Theresa.

Bivers, Mabel Louise.

Bix, Myrtle Eliza,

Bobertson, Margaret Henderson.

Boche, Mary Dorothea.

Sogers, Elsie Janet.

Sogers, Margaret.

Bothwell, Mary.

Byan, Anna F.

Scanlan, Julia Margaret.
Scholz, Lillie Wilhelmina.
Schuster, Florentina M.



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REGISTRATION OF NURSES.



[Jan. 19] 3.



Shannon, Katherine Frances. 1
Sheridan, Helen Maud.
Silver, Ida.

Silver, Mary Hannah.
Silvia, Maria Julia.
Sime, Annie Louise.
Skerrett, Mary E.
Sorkness, Bertha Marguerite.
Spateher, Emma Lucy.
Stearns, Marian Elena.
Stevens, Louise Augusta.
Strehle, Mabel Julia Band.
Suteliffe, Esther May.
Sutherland, Laura Belle.
Sweeney, Sarah Agnes.

Tatro, Agnes Margarete.
Timlin, Bridget Anne.
Timlin, Sarah Mary.



Tingley, Ella Frances.
Trainor, Mary Louise.
Treffrey, Villa May.
Tye, Christina Cuthbertson.

Van der Pyl, Maria.

Wallstrom, Ina Elizabeth.
Walton, Velma Mae.
Wambeck, Anna Katheryn.
Wardwell, Blanche Cole.
Waterman, Sarah May.
Wilder, Antoinette Haridon.
Williamson, Edith C. 1
Wilson, Harriett Isabell.
Welling, Lena Florence.
Wolfe, Effie Clara.
Worcester, Eletta Azelia.
Worthington, Mabel Elizabeth.



1 Nongraduate.



Public Document No. 91



FOURTH ANNUAL REPORT



OF THE



Board of Registration

of Nurses.



For the Year ending Dec. 31, 1913.




BOSTON:

WRIGHT & POTTER PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTERS,

32 DERNE STREET.

1914.



Approved by
The State Board op Publication.



®t)e tHommotuDealtf) oi $VLa&&at\)u$ttte.



Boabd of Registration of Nurses,
State House, Boston, Dec. 31, 1913.

To His Excellency Eugene N. Foss.

Sir : — In compliance with section 9 of chapter 449 of the
Acts of 1910, the Board of Registration of Nurses respectfully
submits its annual report for the year ending Dec. 31, 1913.

The number of nurses applying for registration this year is
426; number registered is 358; rejected, 56; and 12 are on the
list for examination at such time as they may elect.

The number of nurses registered since the organization of
the Board in October, 1910, is 5,863. Of this number, 5,208
were registered under the provisions of section 5 of the regis-
tration act, which provided for the registration during a limited
period of two classes of nurses without requiring any examina-
tion test whatever as to their fitness to care for the sick. One
class included applicants who had "had such experience in a
hospital or training school as in the opinion of the board would
justify registration." This classification is regarded as a most
unfortunate feature of the law, unjust both to the trained
nurse and to the public. A knowledge of nursing acquired
solely by an experience of five years in intermittent caring for
the sick cannot be regarded as an equivalent of three, or even
of two, years of constant preparation in a hospital training
school.

Of the number 5,208, registered as provided in section 5,
without an examination, 588 belong to the five-year class.
Registration under section 5 ceased in April, 1911. Since that
time 652 applicants have been registered, and 100 have been
rejected.

The law requires the Board to hold three examinations in
each year, one in January, one in April and one in October.
The examinations consist of both written and practical exer-



4 REGISTRATION OF NURSES. [Jan.

cises. The subjects discussed are general nursing, ethics,
dietetics and infant feeding, obstetrics, anatomy and physiology
and home sanitation.

Nurses desiring to take an examination must file their appli-
cations not later than five days before the examination date.
Application blanks are mailed to nurses on request.

Nurses who have secured registration through examination in
another State, and who have located in this State to engage in
professional nursing, can apply for registration under section
6, which provides that the Board "shall have power to register,
. . . without examination, any person who has been registered
as a professional nurse in another State." The Board, however,
strongly recommends such persons to apply for registration
under the provisions of section 3, which requires an examina-
tion. A registration secured in this manner receives the high-
est commendation.

Due consideration for the protection of society against incom-



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