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Guarded by Standards and Directed by Strangers: Charleston, South Carolina’s Response to a National Health Care Agenda, 1920–1930

Guarded by Standards and Directed by Strangers: Charleston, South Carolina’s Response to a... Guarded by Standards and Directed by Strangers Charleston, South Carolina's Response to a National Health Care Agenda, 1920-1g30 KAREN BUHLBR-WILKBRSON School of Nursing University of Pennsylvania The year 191z was a tri.umphal one for public health nurses who, declared their foremost lader, Uan Wald, &ally attained the position of their dreams. Wald's enthusiasm was for her own idea-the newly created Red Go$$ Rural Nursing Sewice, which promised to and ady dlish "nursmg for the people throughout the country." Her proposal called for the Red hs to "standardkm public health nursing in towns and rural him and to integrate the work of isolated nurses and nursing organizations under a "central body." In Wald's estimation it was a cause that "carried its own appeal."' At its peak during the rgzos, nearly 3,000 Red Cross nursing services were launched across the country. For several years, combined overseas and home nursing programs made the Red Cross thc luges single employer of nurses in the world. This success was short-lived, however, and within a few years Id chapters were dosing their nursing services at an alarming rate. By 1930,5323 of these sewices had been discontinued. At the outset, Wald &zsurned they would make some http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Guarded by Standards and Directed by Strangers: Charleston, South Carolina’s Response to a National Health Care Agenda, 1920–1930

Nursing History Review , Volume 1 (1): 16 – Jan 1, 1993

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Guarded by Standards and Directed by Strangers Charleston, South Carolina's Response to a National Health Care Agenda, 1920-1g30 KAREN BUHLBR-WILKBRSON School of Nursing University of Pennsylvania The year 191z was a tri.umphal one for public health nurses who, declared their foremost lader, Uan Wald, &ally attained the position of their dreams. Wald's enthusiasm was for her own idea-the newly created Red Go$$ Rural Nursing Sewice, which promised to and ady dlish "nursmg for the people throughout the country." Her proposal called for the Red hs to "standardkm public health nursing in towns and rural him and to integrate the work of isolated nurses and nursing organizations under a "central body." In Wald's estimation it was a cause that "carried its own appeal."' At its peak during the rgzos, nearly 3,000 Red Cross nursing services were launched across the country. For several years, combined overseas and home nursing programs made the Red Cross thc luges single employer of nurses in the world. This success was short-lived, however, and within a few years Id chapters were dosing their nursing services at an alarming rate. By 1930,5323 of these sewices had been discontinued. At the outset, Wald &zsurned they would make some

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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