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Smaller and Cheaper: The Chicago Hourly Nursing Service, 1926–1957

Smaller and Cheaper: The Chicago Hourly Nursing Service, 1926–1957 Smaller and Cheaper: The Chicago Hourly Nursing Service, 1926-1957 ]EAN c. WHElAN Cemer for Outcomes and Policy Research In rhe summer of 1926, along with their regu lar home deliveries of milk and cream, Chicago milk dealers included fo lders announcing the grand opening of an Hourly Nursing Service. Established by the First OiSLrict of the Illinois State Nurses Association , the Chicago Hourly Nursing Service was designed to deliver afford­ able, short-term private nursing care tO paying patients in their own homes. Hourly nursing scheme~ , which gai n ed popula ri ty in the late 1920s and 1930s, aimed ro solve two early twentieth-century health care problems: serious underemployment of private-duty nu rses, and high out-of-pocket parienr expense for professional nursing care. Notwi th standing significant publicity, substantial financial invest­ ment, and the assistance of the milkmen, the initial years of operation for th e Hourly Service proved disappointing. Stymied by Depression-era conditions, hourly nursing fai led ro make an impact on either nurse emp loyment or patient expend itu res. Despite irs poor showing, rh e Chicago Hourly Nursing Service remained in business. By mid-century, the Service had an es tablished reco rd o f furnishing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Smaller and Cheaper: The Chicago Hourly Nursing Service, 1926–1957

Nursing History Review , Volume 10 (1): 26 – Jan 1, 2002

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1062-8061
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Smaller and Cheaper: The Chicago Hourly Nursing Service, 1926-1957 ]EAN c. WHElAN Cemer for Outcomes and Policy Research In rhe summer of 1926, along with their regu lar home deliveries of milk and cream, Chicago milk dealers included fo lders announcing the grand opening of an Hourly Nursing Service. Established by the First OiSLrict of the Illinois State Nurses Association , the Chicago Hourly Nursing Service was designed to deliver afford­ able, short-term private nursing care tO paying patients in their own homes. Hourly nursing scheme~ , which gai n ed popula ri ty in the late 1920s and 1930s, aimed ro solve two early twentieth-century health care problems: serious underemployment of private-duty nu rses, and high out-of-pocket parienr expense for professional nursing care. Notwi th standing significant publicity, substantial financial invest­ ment, and the assistance of the milkmen, the initial years of operation for th e Hourly Service proved disappointing. Stymied by Depression-era conditions, hourly nursing fai led ro make an impact on either nurse emp loyment or patient expend itu res. Despite irs poor showing, rh e Chicago Hourly Nursing Service remained in business. By mid-century, the Service had an es tablished reco rd o f furnishing

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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