Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, presents her studies and guidelines on effective care for the sick. This is as much geared to the common person - specifically women, who she says all must care for someone else at some point in their life - as it is to healthcare professionals. Preventative actions like hygiene, comfort, fresh air, and diet that may now seem commonsense are looked at systematically as methods of aiding the reparative process. Elisabeth Rodgers' delicate British voice takes on a firm educational tone fitting the instructive material and the eminent woman’s undertaking. This is a well-thought, useful guide that rings true today for any person who cares about aiding the suffering of others.
These outspoken writings by the founder of modern nursing record fundamentals in the needs of the sick that must be provided in all nursing. Nightingale covers such timeless topics as ventilation, noise, food, bed and bedding, light, cleanliness, and observation of the sick.
After practicing nursing for over 40 years I can only say I wish I had heard/read this work many, many years ago. It is such a clear guide to the basics of bedside nursing - a "job" hard to define because it encompasses so much science and so much common sense as described by Ms. Nightingale. I really enjoyed the emphasis on the importance of fresh air for everyone, especially the sick.
A must read for everyone who seeks or practices the art of nursing.
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