1955 report of the CNS of Forsythe County
The Community Nursing Service
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
- 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.
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.
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
$2.00 each visit.
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.
Elsie Early, Public Health Nursing Supervisor
Marie Lowe, Executive Secretary,
Community Nursing Service
Mary Wilcox, Clerk
*on educational leave
BOARD FINANCIAL STATEMENT
United Fund and Reynolds Estate
Fees, including VA
Mengel Box Co.
Cash Balance January 1, 1956
Salaries and Retirement
All other expenses
Cash Balance December 31, 1955
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
Dr. S. Clay Williams Jr.
The Rev. Thomas A. Fraser, Jr.
Mrs. H.M. Dillabough
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.
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