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An Act Relating to "The South Carolina Training School for Nurses."

December 23, 1882

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1882, Pages 208-210.

Whereas there is in the hospitals and charitable institutions and communities of our State a great and widespread need for skilled and trained nurses, and there is now manifested an earnest desire among the medical profession and medical boards and the public to found and sustain an institution for the special training of nurses within this State, and to utilize for the public good the opportunities specially offered for such training school at our own public hospitals;

And whereas the founding of such an institution in our State would give to our women a new field of labor, for which by nature they are specially endowed, will largely contribute to our educational advancement and greatly promote the objects and increase the efficiency and benefits of our charitable institutions, both public and private, and raise up in our midst a professionally trained corps of beneficent co-laborers with the physician in his labor for
humanity;

And whereas to this end certain physicians and those interested in the public charities and hospitals and educational interests of the State have memorialized the General Assembly of this State to aid and advance such movement by the incorporation of the promoters thereof and an appropriation of the sum of five thousand dollars, the fund necessary for the immediate and special purpose of the founding of such school; now, therefore,

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That there is hereby founded and established, at Charleston, South Carolina, the South Carolina Training School for Nurses; that the particular aim and object of said school shall be to educate skilled nurses suitable for the needs of hospitals and capable of being entrusted with the care of the sick at their own homes.

Sec. 2. That the Superintendent of Education of the State, the Mayor of the city of Charleston, R. A. Kinloch, M. D., J. Ford Prioleau, M. D., T. Grange Simons, M. D., P. G. DeSaussure, M. D., Bernard O'Neill, Esq., A. H. Hayden, Esq., J. N. Robson, Esq., Dr. J. R. Solomons, A. Stemmerman, Esq., Harvey Cogswell, Esq., and H. A. DeSaussure, Esq., and their associates, are hereby declared to be a body corporate, by the title and style of "The Trustees of the South Carolina Training School for Nurses," and shall by its said name have perpetual succession of officers and members, the right to use and keep a common seal and the same to alter at will; and to have and enjoy all and every right and privilege, power and franchise incident and belonging to incorporate bodies. They shall also have full power and authority from time to time to make, constitute and establish such by-laws, rules and orders as to them shall seem necessary and convenient for the better regulation, government, well-ordering and directing of themselves as Trustees aforesaid, as well as of the South Carolina Training School for Nurses and all officers, professors, teachers or other persons by them employed in and about the same, and of all pupils in the said school, and for the better managing, limiting and appointing of all and singular the trusts and authorities in them reposed, and for the doing, managing and transacting all things necessary for government of the said South Carolina Training School for Nurses, and the same by-laws, rules and orders to put in force and execution accordingly, and the same again at their will and pleasure to alter, change, revoke and annul ; all of which by-laws, rules and orders shall be laws binding on each and every of the Trustees and on all officers, professors and teachers and other persons by them employed, and by all pupils in said school, and shall be observed by each and every of them according to the tenor and effect thereof, under the several pains, penalties and disabilities therein expressed.

Sec. 3. That the said Trustees shall consist of not more than fifteen (15) nor less than ten (10) members, whereof the Superintendent of Education of the State of South Carolina and the Mayor of Charleston for the time being shall always be ex officio Trustees; and when any vacancy among the non-official trustees shall occur by death, resignation or otherwise, the same shall be filled by the remaining Trustees.

Sec. 4. That the said "The Trustees of the South Carolina Training School for Nurses" are authorized and empowered to receive and hold donations, devises, bequests and legacies, and to hold real and personal property to the amount of one hundred thousand dollars for the use and benefit of the said school.

Sec. 5. That all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed.

In the Senate House, the twenty-third day of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two.

John C. Sheppard, President of the Senate.
James Simons, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Approved: December 23d, A.D. 1882.
Hugh S. Thompson, Governor.



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