Notes on Nursing: What it is, and What it is Not

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D. Appleton, 1898 - Nurses - 140 pages
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The founder of the nursing profession discusses the image and the duties of the profession.
 

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Probably the most valuable book I ever read in nursing school many years ago. Florence Nightingale teaches what is essential for anyone in the healing, health, medicine, and nursing professions and ... Read full review

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This trenchant treatise on the basics of nursing focuses on provision for basic human needs, as expounded by the founder of modern nursing. Florence Nightingale explains, in extremely blunt language ... Read full review

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Page 8 - It has been limited to signify little more than the administration of medicines and the application of poultices. It ought to signify the proper use of fresh air, light, warmth, cleanliness, quiet, and the proper selection and administration of diet — all at the least expense of vital power to the patient.
Page 63 - EVERY careful observer of the sick will agree in this, that thousands of patients are annually starved in the midst of plenty, from want of attention to the ways which alone make it possible for them to take food.
Page 9 - The very elements of what constitutes good nursing are as little understood for the well as for the sick. The same laws of health or of nursing, for they are in reality the same, obtain among the well as among the sick.
Page 32 - ... pair of dogs), and that small-pox would not begin itself any more than a new dog would begin without there having been a parent dog. " Since then I have seen with my eyes and smelt with my nose small-pox growing up in first specimens, either in close rooms or...
Page 144 - Edited by JAMES C. WILSON, MD, Professor of the Practice of Medicine and of Clinical Medicine in the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.
Page 45 - If it is a whispered conversation in the same room, then it is absolutely cruel ; for it is impossible that the patient's attention should not be involuntarily strained to hear. Walking on tip-toe, doing anything in the room very slowly, are injurious, for exactly the same reasons.
Page 19 - Another extraordinary fallacy is the dread of night air. What air can we breathe at night but night air? The choice is between pure night air from without and foul night air from within.
Page 84 - It is the unqualified result of all my experience with the sick, that second only to their need of fresh air is their need of light; that, after a close room, what hurts them most is a dark room, and that it is not only light, but direct sunlight they want.
Page 27 - If a neighbour's child is seized with small-pox, the first question which occurs is whether it had been vaccinated. No one would undervalue vaccination ; but it becomes of doubtful benefit to society when it leads people to look abroad for the source of evils which exist at home.
Page 62 - Believe me, almost any sick person, who behaves decently well, exercises more self-control every moment of his day than you will ever know till you are sick yourself. Almost every step that crosses his room is painful to him; almost every thought that...

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