The Nursing Academy is located in the center of the city of Whitehood. Only women are sent to be trained nurses. Men wishing to be doctors or surgeons are usually sent to Belvadore for intense study. Recently the nursing academy began to accept applicants from women of all walks of life. Due to the increase in orc incursions (three in one century) the demand for nurses has never been higher.
The academy is run by a Matron, who delegates to several head nurses who carry out her orders. The academy is funded by the military, which gets its funding from the royal treasury. Because it is funded by the military, the academy is forced to follow any orders given to it by any high ranking officer. Once enrolled, a nurse is forced into service for no fewer than five years. A nurse can stay on in the academy indefinitely, however, as long as her record remains clean. The academy can admit any patient whose condition merits constant supervision.
A classic yarn shared among the nurses who enlist in the academy is the tale of “Nurse kiss, nurse saw.” Long ago, a beautiful but simple-minded nurse treated a wounded knight at the academy. The knight had been stabbed, hacked, chopped, sliced, bashed, and bloodied but still alive. The nurse, unsure how to treat him, asked the knight what he would like her to do for him. The knight told her that each of his limbs were rendered useless and needed to be amputated. Feeling sad for the knight, the nurse kissed each limb before removal. Enjoying the touch of her lips, the knight requested she kiss his head and face next. Needless to say, the nurse had a lot of explaining to do when the Matron discovered the headless knight some time afterward.
During times of peace, nurses are scattered throughout Damir from Gilstad to Belvadore. Some eventually form their own practice or team up with a local doctor and leave the Nursing Academy. Other nurses are hired by wealthy patrons, such as the royal family or Damir’s nobility, to be in-house nurses. Of course, a nurse must pass all exams and finish her five year requirement in order to leave the academy.