Pink Ladies, Blue Boys integral part of BMH – News – Beauregard Daily News – Beauregard, LA – Louisiana News

Pink Ladies, Blue Boys integral part of BMH – News – Beauregard Daily News – Beauregard, LA – Louisiana News

The term “candy striper” originated in the 1940’s as a label for hospital volunteers. These were usually young women and the name derived from the striped pinafores they wore that were reminiscent of candy canes. The candy stripers performed non-medical tasks around the hospital to help nurses and doctors focus on their demanding jobs.

The term “candy striper” originated in the 1940’s as a label for hospital volunteers. These were usually young women and the name derived from the striped pinafores they wore that were reminiscent of candy canes. The candy stripers performed non-medical tasks around the hospital to help nurses and doctors focus on their demanding jobs.

The first program started in New Jersey at the East Orange General Hospital in 1944 and by the 50s and 60s, candy striper programs were widespread. Their goal was to make a patient comfortable and their stay more pleasant, but as the workload increased for nurses, the volunteers began to have new responsibilities, such as transporting lab specimens.

While the term isn’t used as often as in the past, such volunteers still exist in today’s hospitals. At Beauregard Memorial Hospital, these volunteers are with the Beauregard Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, founded in 1980. When the group was started, the volunteers were known as the “pink ladies”. Now they are known as the Pink Ladies and Blue Boys, as there are male volunteers as well. They currently have 62 local volunteers.

The group is actively accepting new members. Volunteers help run the hospital’s gift shop, work the front desk, and assist in…

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