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In 1950, a young aide learned, on her first ten-hour night shift, to mix medicines, read charts, and take patients to breakfast. The second night, the supervisor told her to pay close attention, because in the future she would work alone. After protesting her fear of administering the wrong medication to the more than thirty patients, the aide quit. Low pay, hard work, and difficult conditions forced many good workers to leave the hospital. In the 1970s, employees were asked to work without pay for two weeks due to a tight budget. Still, dedicated and loyal staff have made careers at the hospital, where conditions continually improve. "It has its own culture," said an employee.