Stipends - exerpts taken from Nuns and Nightingales 75th Anniversary book 1982
The Nuns looked on it as an allowance; students considered it pay; patients called it a "crime". Although much -maligned, the stipend, an antiquated tradition for nurses' training, survived for most of the years that the School was in operation.ometimes it seemed that the allowance was given only so it could be reclaimed in the name of discipline. In the late 40's, one girl received her envelop marked, "You owe us 16 cents."
In her speech to a 1917 convention, Sister Weekes, Director of the School, said of this allowance, "In most hospitals the student nurse receives from five to seven dollars per month during the first and second years and ten dollars per month during the third year. This would seem a small but fair allowance to help defray her expenses, such as the buying of books, uniforms and replacing of all articles broken or destroyed, belonging to the hospital."
When movies were ten cents, ten dollars was a fair stipend. In the fifties, it was laughable. In the sixties, it was an insult. Throughout the years, students received few raises. In 1923, they were given $4 the first year, then $6 and $8 per month. The stipend in 1925 was $8 for juniors, $10 for intermediates and $12 for seniors. During the Depression, the girls received no allowances for the first year, and $5 monthly thereafter. In the 40's, pay was $7.50 per month throughout. Probies in the 50's received no allowance, but they weren't charged for breakages; once they had their caps, students were given $7.50, $10, and $12. By 1955, seniors' allowances were increased to $15 and, in1964, girls received $10, $12, and $15.
The practice of paying stipends was discontinued in 1970, in hopes that it would help dispel the students' "Cinderella" image. "Poor little me" had no place in the education of a modern-day nurse.
In 1970, students bought their own texts and uniforms, and paid $125 for tuition. Due to hospital budget cuts, they no longer received free board and we expected to pay for their food in the cafeteria. Pay for a carrot and raisin salad!