Editor's note: From its first issue in 1900 through to the present day, AJN has unparalleled archives detailing nurses' work and lives over the last century. These articles not only chronicle nursing's growth as a profession within the context of the events of the day, but they also reveal prevailing societal attitudes about women, health care, and human rights. Today's nursing school curricula rarely include nursing's history, but it's a history worth knowing. To this end, From the AJN Archives will be a frequent column, containing articles selected to fit today's topics and times.
The effects of noise on patients' health have long been recognized by nurses, as shown in this article from December 1914. Published here in its entirety, the article lists noises that nurses can control, such as "lifting of a chair, rather than shoving it" or "putting an agate basin down softly," as well as noises that can't be controlled, such as "the paddle-wheel of a steamboat." Compare these with the noises in today's world as described in this month's Cultivating Quality article on the implementation of a noise reduction strategy by nurses at one facility.
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