The Herald-Sun from Durham, North Carolina on April 26, 1953 · 106
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The Herald-Sun from Durham, North Carolina · 106

Durham, North Carolina
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Sunday, April 26, 1953
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DURHAM MORNING HERALD DURHAM N C SUNDAY APRIL 26 1953 Nurses Promote Confidence In Public Health Work Tongues waggetf freely with skeptlciam and good natured derision 39 yean ago In Durham somebody advertised as a public health nurse was coming In to play nurse maid to the community But the townspeople's doubt changed quickly to praise and admiration The nurse no longer a subject of Jest by her humanl Urtanism ind untiring service promoted a new confidence la publie health work In recognition of the ladles in blue and whits whose work la dedicated to Improving and maintaining the rood health o f every resident even before he is born to his death each year there is proclaimed “National Know Your Public Health Nurse Week" In Durham there are 18 Fub-11c Health nurses— nurses who are graduate registered nurses with additional training in pub lie health This staff includes IS field nurses (11 while and four Negro) three clinic nurses a nurse supervisor and a nurse who aerves as educational director Thousands of calls and conferences are held each year as the diligent health promoters keep their fingers on the pulse jf the citizenry A progressive type of health education is carried on in Durham through the cooperative efforts of the public local pliy-Biclans and the Health Department From the old method of treating the sick and correction of defects the trend is now to positive health wherein the health of the mother is first considered then regular supervision throughout tha life of the person Through this method emphasis la placed on keeping the well person well rather than the former system of allowing illness to ocrur then treating It At least 29 per cent of the work done hy Public Health nurses is done for school children bad teeth tha biggest defect found among all school children is being combatted by educational means and by actual repairs by dentists paid through school health funds In a number of cases record show even upper and lower plates have been provided youths whose parents were not financially able to give their child such Important help The same is true of children with vision so poor as to require eye glasses Their genuine appreciation makes the cost of such service appear trivial health officials say Even before a child Is horn the health nurse has inaugurated a program designed to insure his safe arrival This program is known as Pre-Nalal Clinics Karh field 'urse Is assigned a district which she covers thoroughly She visits homes in which a child is expected and when the Infant arrivea she follows his progress makin a personal call to the new mother and the baby As the baby grows older It has the opportunity of gaining additional health service by attending one of the seven Well Baby Clinirs Five of these rlin-les are for whites and two for Negroes Another important phase of Pubiio Health Nurse work is the Planned Parenthood Clinic This Clinic Is conducted weekly by Dr Annie Smith who is assisted hy nurses In aiding mothers In spacing the births of children When little Susie or Jimmy outgrows the baby stage and begins thinking about school the Public Health Nurse a:ain serves as his or her health guardian Pre-School clinics are held In all schools Doctors are on hand to help the nurses check all defects and moke suggestions for corrections so thst the little fellow will be In tip-top shape when the school bell rings for him But the nurse's work does not end here After giving individual counseling In the school consulting with the teachers on health problems and holding Parent-Teacher and nurse conferences Hie nurse follows up any defects found In the child’s physical make-up and visits the home of this student The nurse visits the home to learn the relationship of the family toward each other In the community In this why the nurse demonstrates an Interest in the adults as well as the children Each purse Is qualified to do every type of work In this generalised program and Is responsible for her particular district The clinic nurses who perform their chorei In tha Health Department building boast of one of the nation's finest clinic set-ups Nurses provide Immunisation against typhoid whooping cough tetanus diphtheria and smallpox assist with the X-ray mai-chinc and fluoroscope in the Tuba culosls Clinic headed by Dr Derwin Cooper and assist Dr 0 L Ader in the Venereal Disease Clinic Health SupL J 11 Epperson In commending the work of the Public Health Nurse says "Their services have certainly proved of immense benefit to this nation state and community The health of the people has improved through the years as shown by the Infant mortality rate and the birth and death rate This Is due in no small measure to your Public Health Nurse" The Infant murtallty rate for 195M2 (based on a population of 101639 according to Ilia U S census of 1930) was 271 (111 whits and 405 Negro) This is a far cry from 1918 when the rate was ISO meaning ISO of every 1000 babies born alive died the first year of their lire - Public Health services are available to all— they are supported by tax funds FREE “SHOTS” ARE AVAILABLE at Health Department Clinic Public Health Nurse Elizabeth O’Kelley once dean of Durham nurses but now retired is shown giving a “shot” of protective serum in the Immunization Clinic at the Health Department Clinic nurses have the knack of needle jabbing which doesn’t promote dread and stubborness Children (look at them here) get a big kick out of watching grownups get "stuck” THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S FIRST WHITE NURSE STAFF Time has taken its toll of this group of nurses only one is still on the job Nurse Juanita Rohm now acting supervisor of nurses is shown seated at extreme left ' The other nurses are: seated in center Mrs Emily Pickard recently retired as supervisor of nurses seated at right Mrs Lucille Cheek left to right: Mrs Elizabeth O’Kelley retired Miss Elizabeth Harr ave Miss Hallie McClure Miss Mamie Frazer and Mrs Hulda Covert retired At right end is Mrs Jessie Rea secretary to Health Supt J II Epperson who remains at her post ?' 'L' SCHOOL DENTISTS STAY BUSY This cute cooperative little lass keeps her eyes trained on this school dentist who along with other dentists are doing excellent work in oral hygiene The teeth of many children are found in such condition as to necessitate plates and even surgery jjlOOlYEARSlOF jTTJ MI IHt We Are Proud To Join In DURHAM'S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Jg SUPPLIERS TO DURHAM WITH A COMPLETE LINE OF HOSPITAL PHYSICIAN'S AND SICK ROOM SUPPLIES Wheel Chairs Crutches Commodes Trusses Elastic Stockings Abdominol Supports Rubber Stockings Surgical Instruments Microscopes Laboratory Glosswore Hospital Equipment Office Furniture Sick Room Supplies Short Wove Diathermy CAROLINA SURGICAL SUPPLY COMPANY 217 N Dillard St Telephone 9-4886 Durham N C Rovers Dni Roger DrngSlore 1919 Rogers Drug Store THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S FIRST NEGRO NURSE STAFF Shown here are the pioneer Negro nurses in Durham’s public health program Nurse I carl Henderson center is still carrying on her duties The other nurses who since have left the Health Department are: left Nurse Lillian Savage and right Nurse Trice (Mrs Freeland Trice) Rogers Drug Store represents old pharmacy and new pharmacy — Ralph P Rogers and son licensed pharmacists Rogers Drug Co Corner Mangum and Parrish Streets FREE DELIVERY PHONE 4915 Serving The People of Durham For Over 40 YEARS Ralph P Rogers Ralph P Rogers Jr Although as a firm name we're only beginning or juit born so-to-speak But our experience and training of many years in the electrical contracting buiinei i under former business names and employers gives us all the qualifications to handle any electrical problem regardless of size or the needs Contruction J H BARTON — 40 YEARS IN ELECTRICAL BUSINESS — 309 McMANNEN ST

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