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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 12.52 Nurses

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Chapter 12.52
Nurses

Sections:

12.52.010 Superintendent of nurses.
12.52.020 Assistant superintendents of nurses and head operating room nurse.
12.52.030 Graduate nurses.
12.52.040 Female day and night attendants.
12.52.050 Pupil nurses.
12.52.060 Dietician.
12.52.070 Social service worker.
12.52.080 Organization of nursing department of city infirmary.
12.52.090 Post-graduate nurses.
12.52.100 School of nursing.
12.52.110 Nurses' advisory board--Established.
12.52.120 Nurses' advisory board--Appointment--Term.
12.52.130 Nurses' advisory board--Qualifications.
12.52.140 Nurses' advisory board--Officers--Quorum.
12.52.150 Nurses' advisory board--Recommendations to hospital commissioner.
12.52.160 Nurses' advisory board--Reports.
12.52.170 Nurses' advisory board--Consultation.
12.52.180 Nurses' advisory board--Graduation duties.
12.52.190 Nurses' advisory board--Appeals.
12.52.200 Tuition loans--Established.
12.52.210 Tuition loans--Written agreement.
12.52.220 Tuition loans--Security or endorsement.
12.52.230 Tuition loans--Former students--Reimbursements.
12.52.240 Tuition loans--Former students--Written agreements.
12.52.250 Tuition loans--Interest.
12.52.260 Tuition loans--Extension.
12.52.270 Tuition loans--Death or disability.

12.52.010 Superintendent of nurses.

The superintendent of nurses at the city hospital shall be a graduate of a training school complying with the requirements of the state board for examination and registration of nurses, shall be a registered nurse and shall have had at least three years experience as a teacher in a recognized training school for nurses, and shall be appointed in accordance with the civil service requirements of the Charter.

The superintendent of nurses shall work under the direction of the nurses' board in all matters pertaining to the training and graduation of nurses. The nurses' board shall at all times provide rules consistent with furnishing the best possible nursing for the patients of the institution. She shall work under the direction of the superintendent of the hospital in the general executive work of the institution.
(1948 C. Ch. 31 70.)

Editor's Note:

Although 1948 C. Ch. 31 70--78 were not codified in the 1960 C., they have been codified here because there has been no specific repeal of the sections.

12.52.020 Assistant superintendents of nurses and head operating room nurse.

The assistant superintendents of nurses and the head operating room nurse shall have the same qualifications as the superintendent of nurses, except that they need have but one year of teaching experience in a recognized training school for nurses.

The assistant superintendents of nurses and the head operating room nurse shall be appointed in accordance with the civil service requirements of the Charter.

The assistant superintendents of nurses and the head operating room nurse shall work under the direction of the superintendent of nurses.
(1948 C. Ch. 31 71.)

12.52.030 Graduate nurses.

Graduate nurses shall have completed a course in a training school for nurses complying with the require ments of the state board for the examination and registration of nurses.

Such nurses shall be appointed in accordance with the civil service requirements of the Charter.

Such nurses shall work under the direction of the superintendent of nurses.
(1948 C. Ch. 31 72.)

12.52.040 Female day and night attendants.

Female day and night attendants shall be over twenty-one years of age, of good moral character, able-bodied and able to read and write English. They shall be used only as attendants where the nurses' board does not desire to place nurses from the training school. The female day and night attendants shall work under the direction of the superintendent of nurses.
(1948 C. Ch. 31 73.)

12.52.050 Pupil nurses.

Pupil nurses shall work under the direction of the superintendent of nurses.
(1948 C. Ch. 31 74.)

12.52.060 Dietitian.

The dietitian shall be a graduate of a school of dietetics requiring at least two years of study.

The dietitian shall give instruction in dietetics to the pupil nurses at the hospital required by the rules and regulations of the nurses' board. The dietitian shall prepare special diets and supervise the general diets of the hospital, as directed by the superintendent. The entire time of the dietitian shall be devoted to work and teaching for the city.
(1948 C. Ch. 31 75.)

12.52.070 Social service worker.

The social service worker shall be either a graduate of a recognized school of social economy or shall have had at least three years practical field work as a social service worker in a large institution.

The social service worker shall give such instruction as may be required by the nurses' board to any nurse under its charge, and shall perform such other duties as may be required by the superintendent of the hospital. The entire time of the social service worker shall be devoted to work and teaching for the city.
(1948 C. Ch. 31 76.)

12.52.080 Organization of nursing department of city infirmary.

The hospital commissioner is authorized to appoint for the infirmary hospital, one graduate nurse for each forty patients or fraction thereof over one-third, and one practical nurse for each twenty patients or fraction thereof over one-third.
(1948 C. Ch. 31 77.)

12.52.090 Post-graduate nurses.

The hospital commissioner is authorized to employ post-graduate nurses at the city hospital, isolation hospital, Robert Koch hospital, and in the visiting nurse section.
(1948 C. Ch. 31 78.)

12.52.100 School of nursing.

The hospital commissioner is authorized to establish and maintain schools of nursing in connection with any of the hospitals conducted by the city to discontinue the operation thereof, and to adopt general rules and regulations governing such schools.
(Ord. 44788 1, 1948: 1960 C. 439.010.)

City Counselor Ops.: 8433, 8769

12.52.110 Nurses' advisory board--Established.

There is established in the hospital division a municipal nurses' advisory board of seven members to advise the hospital commissioner in matters pertaining to the conduct and management of schools of nursing now or hereafter maintained in any of the hospitals operated by the city.
(Ord. 44788 2, 1948: 1960 C. 439.020.)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.120 Nurses' advisory board--Appointment--Term.

The members of the board shall be appointed by the director of public welfare and hold office for a term of seven years, provided that the term of one member shall expire two years after January 27, 1949, and so on up to seven years from January 27, 1949. Members may be removed by the director of public welfare with or without cause. Succeeding appointments shall be made for terms of seven years, each beginning on the date when the term of the retiring member expires.

Vacancies on the board shall be filled for the unexpired term. Members shall remain in office after the expiration of their term until their successors are appointed and qualified.
(Ord. 44788 3 (part), 1948: 1960 C. 439.030.)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.130 Nurses' advisory board--Qualifications.

They shall be residents of the city, and upon ceasing to be such residents their office shall be vacated. At least one member shall be a physician interested in nursing education; and at least three shall be women, and no person in the employ of the city shall be appointed to or remain as a member of the board. Members shall serve without compensation but any necessary expenditure of the board may, with the approval of the hospital commissioner, be paid out of the fund appropriated for the office of the hospital commissioner.
(Ord. 44788 3 (part), 1948: 1960 C. 439.040.)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.140 Nurses' advisory board--Officers--Quorum.

The board shall annually elect from its members a chairman, vice-chairman and secretary, and shall meet once each month, and at such other times as a meeting may be called by the chairman or by the hospital commissioner. Four members shall constitute a quorum and only duly appointed and qualified members shall vote.
(Ord. 44788 4 (part), 1948: 1960 C. 439.050 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.150 Nurses' advisory board--Recommendations to hospital commissioner.

The board shall, from time to time, confer with the hospital commissioner and recommend to him changes it may deem advisable in the rules and regulations governing the schools of nursing or any practice prevailing or condition existing therein, the establishment of additional schools or the discontinuance of existing schools.
(Ord. 44788 4 (part), 1948: 1960 C. 439.050 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.160 Nurses' advisory board--Reports.

The hospital commissioner shall make available to the board monthly reports of the activities of the schools of nursing including such reports as he may have received from the director in charge of any such school, or copies thereof.
(Ord. 44788 4 (part), 1948: 1960 C. 439.050 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.170 Nurses' advisory board--Consultation.

The board may invite for a conference and consultation the personnel of the schools of nursing or any other officer or employee of the city, or other persons deemed by it to be helpful in the discharge of its functions.
(Ord. 44788 4 (part), 1948: 1960 C. 439.060 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.180 Nurses' advisory board--Graduation duties.

A member of the board shall preside at the graduating exercises, and the board shall issue and award diplomas to students who satisfactorily complete the regularly prescribed course of training in any school of nursing, to be signed by the chairman of the board, the director of nurses, and the superintendent of the hospital at which the school is maintained, and the hospital commissioner. Each nurse graduated shall also receive a suitable graduate nurse's badge, pin or other emblem adopted by the board with the following words inscribed: "Hospital School of Nursing, Year, ________." The superintendent of the hospital shall furnish, on requisition by the director of the school of nursing, diploma blanks, emblems, stationery and other material necessary for the conduct of the school and for graduation exercises.
(Ord. 44788 4 (part), 1948: 1960 C. 439.060 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.190 Nurses' advisory board--Appeals.

Students in any school of nursing operated in any hospital of the city may appeal to the board from any disciplinary action or regulation of the officer in charge of such hospital and the board may recommend to the hospital commissioner the action to be taken in respect thereto; such recommendation to be of an advisory nature and not to contravene any provision of the civil service amendment to the City Charter or any ordinance, regulation or order lawfully made pursuant thereto.
(Ord. 44788 5, 1948: 1960 C. 439.070.)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.200 Tuition loans--Established.

There is established a tuition loan and reimbursement program relating to the school of nursing to be administered by the commissioner of hospitals and authorizing the commissioner to enter agreements wherein students at the school of nursing operated by the city are fully relieved of repayments of such tuition loan upon written agreement whereby said student upon graduation agrees to and does serve as a full-time employee in a hospital or nurse-related institution operated by the city for a period of three full years immediately following graduation and that the loan shall be satisfied at a rate of one thirty-sixth of the total amount of the tuition loan for each complete calendar month of hospital or nurse-related institutional service.
(Ord. 55678 1 (part), 1970: 1960 C. 439.100 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.210 Tuition loans--Written agreement.

Such an agreement shall be evidenced by a note or other written agreement which provides for the payment of the total tuition loan or balance due thereon in installments over a five-year period beginning two months after the student ceases to carry the normal full-time academic workload or said student fails to accept employment as a full-time continuous employee in a hospital or nurse-related institution operated by the city, or without approval of the commissioner terminates such employment at a hospital or nurse-related institution operated by the city.
(Ord. 55678 1 (part), 1970: 1960 C. 439.100 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.220 Tuition loans--Security or endorsement.

Said agreement shall be made without security and without endorsement, except that, if the student is a minor and the obligation executed by him or her would not create a binding obligation, either security or endorsement may be required at the option of the commissioner of hospitals.
(Ord. 55678 1 (part), 1970: 1960 C. 439.100 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.230 Tuition loans--Former students--Reimbursements.

The commissioner is authorized to enter written agreements wherein former students of the school of nursing who are full-time employees of hospitals or nurse-related institutions operated by the city are to be reimbursed by the city for the full amount of tuition paid subsequent to September 1967 as full-time students in the school of nursing on the basis of one thirty-sixth the total tuition for each additional complete month said employee remains continually in the aforesaid service of the city.
(Ord. 55678 1 (part), 1970: 1960 C. 439.100 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.240 Tuition loans--Former students--Written agreements.

The commissioner is further authorized to enter written agreements wherein former students of the school of nursing who are full-time employees of hospitals or nurse-related institutions operated by the city are reimbursed by the city for the full amount of tuition paid subsequent to September 1967 as full-time students in the school of nursing on the basis of one thirty-sixth of the total tuition for each additional continuous complete month said employee remains in the service of the city.
(Ord. 55678 1 (part), 1970: 1960 C. 439.100 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.250 Tuition loans--Interest.

The agreement shall be made without interest, service charge or security and without endorsement, except that, if the student is a minor and the obligation executed by him or her would not create a binding obligation, either security or endorsement may be required at the option of the commissioner of hospitals.
(Ord. 55678 1 (part), 1970: 1960 C. 439.100 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 8769

12.52.260 Tuition loans--Extension.

The commissioner of hospitals shall have the right to extend any installation payment or balance due under any repayable loan made hereunder for a maximum period of up to one year for maternity leaves of absence or other leaves of absence approved by him and any such leave so granted shall not be construed as interrupting the continuity of service required under Sections 12.52.200--12.52.270.
(Ord. 55678 2, 1970.)

12.52.270 Tuition loans--Death or disability.

Any liability incurred hereunder shall be cancelled upon the death or permanent, total disability of the debtor.
(Ord. 56678 3, 1970.)

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