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Orphan nurses of Balıklı Greek Hospital

A Greek doctor at the  Greek Hospital talked about the female Greek who were from the local orphanages. They stayed in the Hospital and were trained by the doctors. So, it was a different kind of a ‘nursery school’ back in the early 1900s! He remembered a midwife and a nurse, Ms Ana, who helped the ophthalmologist. The doctor said: ‘she used to examine a patient prior to doctor’s appointment, inform the doctor on the phone about the condition of the patient, and the doctor would give her instructions about what to do before he arrived. Doctors used to trust her so much.’ These were unlicensed nurses, who were taught by doctors and learned through experience. Licensed nurses arrived much later, ending the tradition of the orphan nurses. Today there are few Greek nurses and doctors at the hospital.