View Single Post
  #4  
Old 05-04-2009, 04:40 AM
Noel Prosequi Noel Prosequi is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: In the Ning Nang Nong
Posts: 1,293
With the advent of male nurses and non-sexist language, Sister is moribund if not dead. "Matron" (now called Director of Nursing or similar) has also gone the way of the Dodo. These terms are only used by older people now. But I remember it from when I was a kid.

"Sister" (I'm told by Mrs Prosequi, who is one) meant that a nurse was a registered nurse, that is, one who could administer drugs, etc. There were other levels of assistant nurses who could not, and who did the crappy jobs like empty bedpans, bathe patients, etc. They used to have different uniforms, too. "Sister" was once a term of considerable authority. Particularly in rural areas, a long-serving Sister sometimes had more medical authority among the punters than some blow-in young smart-aleck doctor.