Beta Sigma Phi conduct meeting

Members, Jean Hanks, Nancy Tislow, Shirley Griffin, Gloria Stutes and Elsie Rowell of Beta Sigma Phi met at the lovely home of

Gloria Cart on Tuesday, February 3, 2009. Cart presented a very interesting program on Home Health Care.

She stated that Harold Bea of Alexandria was the person who got her attention to begin work in that field.

With the help of five nurses, she was able to assist the disable and needy in their homes. Trade School provided hard working aides and excellent LPN’s for the job.

These nurses visited many homes, saw patients, instructed aides, took orders form the doctors, and also taught patients to care for themselves.

Twenty-five years ago, some patients could not read or write. In order to teach these patients, their medicines were set up with emblems. A sun emblem stood for morning, which meant for the patient to take their medicine in the morning; an emblem of a fork and knife stood for noon, etc.

Gloria is a graduate of Hotel Dew Nursing School. She also attended classes at Tulane and finally Loyola University where she met Mr. Cart at a school function.

Nurses, Helen Spell and Mary Boulet, instructed the aides on daily patient care. They were shown how to cut on diapers, and sew hems in the diapers, take doctor’s orders and notes for the nurses and many other things.

They kept records up-to-date throughout the year incase the state would stop in to check that the patients were getting accurate care.

Gloria stated that she was aware of what the aides could and could not do, as she always checked with the family on the conduct and services put forth by the aides. If any unsatisfactory care was reported on anyone one of the aides they would immediately be reprimanded, and after two warning they were dismissed. She also said that she had good public relationships with the doctors which was a plus for her.

Following the quick meeting, members enjoyed baked chicken, desserts and drinks. They closed by saying the Mizpah.

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