1955 report of the CNS of Forsythe County

The Community Nursing Service

Incorporated

OF WINSTON-SALEM AND FORSYTH COUNTY

Reports to You for 1955

THE COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE, INC.,

In cooperation with the Forsyth County Health Department, Gives

SKILLED BEDSIDE CARE

to all who need it, regardless of race, creed or financial condition

 

THE NURSES

  • Teach people how to stay well
  • Give nursing care or treatment requested by the physician.
  • Teach someone in the family to give care in her absence.
  • Help families understand physicians’’ instructions.
  • Help care for new babies until the mother is able to take over.

 

VISITS

Are made in response to all requests.  However, service is more efficient if the physician calls.  Only requests from physicians are accepted on weekends and holidays.  If requests for service are received by noon, the visit will be made the same day; if later, the visit will not be made until the next day except in emergencies.

 

FEES

Are based on the actual cost of the nursing visits and represent no profit to the nurse or the Community Nursing Service, which is a member of the United Fund.  Individual fee adjustments may be discussed with the nurse.

 

NURSING CARE (other than injections)

                $3.75 for one hour or less

                $1.25 each individual half hour

 

INJECTIONS

                $2.00 each visit.

 

1955 SERVICE

 

8,955 visits were made to 1,432 patients.

 

                Of this total, 4,846 visits were made to 845 white patients and 2,936 visits were made to 587 Negro patients, 1,173 visits were made to infants.

 

                828 patients were city residents and 604 live in the county.

 

                Over one-half of the patients (excluding infants) were over 60 years old.  Most of the older patients were suffering with chronic illnesses.

 

                Care given by the nurses included: injections, bed baths, enemas, dressings, care of the catheters, taking blood pressure, exercises, and infant care.

 

                The Community Nursing Service provided 4 nurses on the joint public health nursing staff, and so had the equivalent of 4 nurse years available to carry out its program.  It was necessary to use the equivalent of 5.8 nurse years to carry out the nursing activities requested by the residents of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

 

                Volunteer workers from several women’s groups contributed approximately 50 hours service in the office.  Their valuable assistance freed the staff for more nursing time.

 

STAFF

 

Elsie Early, Public Health Nursing Supervisor

 

Marie Lowe, Executive Secretary,

Community Nursing Service

 

Pauline Alexander

Dorothy Jones

Inez Bethel

*Frances Miller

June Blakeley

Lula Morrison

Rachel Browning

Lois Myers

Diane Chambers

Martha Neighbors

Lucy Dillard

Naomi Peoples

Marian Duggins

Ersie Pulliam

*Mildren Floyd

Mildred Relch

Mildred Foreman

Thelma Riggs

Margie Fulk

Lucille Shaw

Peggy Gough

Ida Staplefoote

Ruth Gwyn

Grace Taylor

Mildred Harrington

Alice Valentine

Ruth Harris

Nannie Woodruff

 

Mary Wilcox, Clerk

*on educational leave

BOARD FINANCIAL STATEMENT

 

INCOME

 

United Fund and Reynolds Estate

$14,617.20

Forsyth County

    4,287.50

Fees, including VA

    2,749.56

Mengel Box Co.

        629.80

Nursery Schools

          40.30

 

  22,324.36

 

 

Cash Balance January 1, 1956

    2,101.00

            TOTAL

$24,425.36

 

 

DISBURSEMENTS

 

Salaries and Retirement

$19,835.04

Transportation

     1,811.99

All other expenses

        802.84

 

   22,449.87

 

 

Cash Balance December 31, 1955

     1,975.49

        TOTAL

$24,425.36

 

 

 

OUR PROBLEM

 

                Because requests for nursing care, especially for the chronically ill, have for exceeded the amount of nursing time available, it has become necessary to decrease visits to infants and limit service to the chronically ill to a period of six months. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

President

Dr. S. Clay Williams Jr.

Vice-President

The Rev. Thomas A. Fraser, Jr.

Treasurer

Mrs. H.M. Dillabough

Secretary

Marie L. Lowe

Dr. Reid Bahnson

Miss Alice Gray

Dr. F.A. Blount

Mr. Reid Holmes

Mr. R.F. Brooks

Mrs. C.M. Parks

Dr. William H. Bruce,  Jr.

Ex officio

Mrs. Carlos T. Cooper Sr.

Mrs. Clifford Perry

Dr. S.D. Craig

Mrs. Clay V. Ring, Sr.

Mr. Archibald Craige

Dr. J.P. Rousseau

Miss Catharine L. Fassett

Mr. C.S. Starbuck

Mr. Everette Fox

Dr. Lloyd J. Thompson

Mr. J.E. Gibson

Mrs. T.L. WIlliams