Many thanks to Sue from Australia for discovering this vintage classic of yesteryear's nursing practices. The signing of papers before entering diploma school really brought back memories. We had to agree to several articles before entering school: Learn 4 pages of medical terminology before the first day of class, follow all rules in the student handbook, and be available to work any shift.
Those open casement windows reminded me of hospital renovations in the 1970s at our beloved institution of training. Old wooden double hung windows were replaced with inward tilting aluminum casements and older nurses had a fit. It was a dirty little secret that nurses emptied urinals and even Gomco suction bottles out those spacious old windows. The inward tilt of the casements made the act of hurling excrements over board much more difficult. I wrote a post about this disgusting practice and was careful to give open windows a wide berth when walking outside.
Thanks again Sue, for this incredible time capsule of old school nursing.