Holloway Classics

Notes on Nursing

by Florence Nightingale
A treatise on the best practices for the physical and psychological care of sick people, written by the iconic founder of modern nursing. It is a classic in formal nursing training, and was intended to be read and used by the general public as well. Joan Quixley praised this influential book as โ€œthe first of its kind ever to be written.โ€
Originally published by Harrison of Pall Mall in 1859
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The Details
Length: 130 pages
Language: English
ISBN (Holloway.com):
978-1-952120-13-8

About the Author

Florence Nightingale
Known as the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, born in Britain in 1820, was and remains an icon. Nightingale single-handedly changed the perception of nurses and the nursing profession, from her work during the Crimean War to her founding of the nursing school at St. Thomas Hospital in London, the first of its kind, and in her work as a social reformer, statistician, and prolific writer. The nursing school Nightingale started is now called the Florence Nightingale School, part of Kingโ€™s College London. The Florence Nightingale Medal is the highest achievement in nursing, and International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12, her birthday. Churches in Britain and America, a Dutch plane, a U.S. Naval Ship, and an asteroid bear her name, not to mention postage stamps all over the world. She died in 1910, at 90 years old.

Table of Contents

Introduction
What Nursing Ought to Do
Little Understood
II. Health of Houses
Three Common Errors in Managing the Health of Houses
Does God Think of These Things so Seriously?
Physical Degeneration in Families; Its Causes
Why Must Children Have Measles, &c.?
III. Petty Management
Illustrations of the Want of It
What Is the Cause of Half the Accidents Which Happen?
What It Is to Be โ€œIn Chargeโ€
Why Hired Nurses Give so Much Trouble
IV. Noise
Patientโ€™s Repulsion to Nurses Who Rustle
Hurry Peculiarly Hurtful to Sick
How to Visit the Sick and Not Hurt Them
Effects of Over-Exertion on Sick
Reading Aloud
People Overhead
Music
V. Variety
Flowers
Effect of Body on Mind
VI. Taking Food
You Cannot Be Too Careful as to Quality in Sick Diet
Keep Your Patientโ€™s Cup Dry Underneath
VIII. Bed and Bedding
IX. Light
Aspect, View and Sunlight Matters of First Importance to the Sick
Without Sunlight, We Degenerate Body and Mind
X. Cleanliness of Rooms and Walls
Floors
Papered, Plastered, Oil-Painted Walls.
XI. Personal Cleanliness
Ventilation and Skin-Cleanliness Equally Essential
Steaming and Rubbing the Skin
XII. Chattering Hopes and Advices
Chattering Hopes the Bane of the Sick
Patient Does Not Want to Talk of Himself
Absurd Consolations Put Forth for the Benefit of the Sick
Wonderful Presumption of the Advisers of the Sick
Means of Giving Pleasure to the Sick
Two New Classes of Patients Peculiar to This Generation
XIII. Observation of the Sick
As to Food Patient Takes or Does Not Take
As to Diarrhล“a
Means of Cultivating Sound and Ready Observation
Sound and Ready Observation Essential in a Nurse
Superstition the Fruit of Bad Observation
Physiognomy of Disease Little Shown by the Face
Is the Faculty of Observing on the Decline
Observation of General Conditions
What Observation Is For
What a Confidential Nurse Should Be
Observation Is for Practical Purposes
Appendix
Table B. Aged 20 Years of Age, and Upwards
Note As to the Number of Women Employed As Nurses in Great Britain.