MGH 200 YearsPatient Care Services
Bulfinch Floor Plan

“The nurse would begin her day by washing poultice cloths, and bandages, [until] two o’clock.  The second day the same nurse helped in the dining room and in washing dishes.  The third day she went into the wards, washed the patients’ faces, made beds, swept floors, and other duty until night.  The fourth day she would act as a head nurse, but at nine o’clock would go off duty to sleep so as to be ready to go on duty that night.  The sixth day she had to herself, then the same rotation of service began again…”

Linda Richards, Chief Nurse and Director of the MGH Training School for Nurses 1874-1876

MGH Nursing History