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twice in the day to admit fresh air from without." I have actually seen, in the private sick room, the utensils emptied into the foot-pan, and put back unrinsed under the bed. From the way they are built, but oftener from the way they are kept, and from no intelligent inspection whatever being exercised over them, they are almost invariably dens of foul air, and the "servants' health" suffers in an "unaccountable" (?) Delivery and non-delivery of letters and messages. How intense is the folly, then, to say the least of it, of the friend, be he even a medical man, who thinks that his opinion, given after a cursory observation, will weigh with the patient, against the opinion of the medical attendant, given, perhaps, after years of observation, after using every help to diagnosis afforded by the stethoscope, the examination of pulse, tongue, &c.; and certainly after much more observation than the friend can possibly have had. know that one in every seven infants in this civilized land This is invariably a painful annoyance. Granted, it is the one recognised livery, as I have said –de rigueur in novels, but nowhere else. ), in Roman Catholic countries, both writers and workers are, in theory at least, far before ours. sense shown, in all ranks, as in nursing. Remember, however, that the extreme punctuality in well-ordered hospitals, the rule that nothing shall be done in the ward while the patients are having their meals, go far to counterbalance what unavoidable evil there is in having patients together. tendency to chilling is discovered, hot bottles, hot *. take cold (and there are many ways of taking cold, besides a He has not only to think whether the visit or letter may arrive, but whether you will be in the way at the particular day and hour when it may arrive. And if they have, why must yours have them too? Dirty air coming from within, from dust, which you often displace, but never remove. This is a destructive fallacy. up, leave him comparatively unprotected. *. Yet English women lay themselves open to the charge so often made against them by men, viz., that they are not to be trusted in handicrafts to which their strength is quite equal, for want of a practised and steady observation. You had much better leave the dust alone, if you are not going to take it away altogether. in the evening. Floors, unless the grain is filled up and polished, are just as bad. *. They make such an abominable smell that they compel you to open the window." People don't catch cold in bed. And to cultivate in things pertaining to health observation and experience in women who are mothers, governesses or nurses, is just the way to do away with amateur physicking, and if the doctors did but know it, to make the nurses obedient to them,–helps to them instead of hindrances. We know nothing of the principle of health, the positive of which pathology is the negative, except from observation and experience. The mustiness of dark rooms and corners, indeed, is proverbial. generally increased, rather than diminished, the rate of mortality–especially of child mortality. And why should Slowness is not gentleness, though it is often mistaken for such: quickness, lightness, and gentleness are quite compatible. It retains damp and acts like a poultice. I wish, too, that people who wear crinoline could see the indecency of their own dress as other people see it. is more or less a reparative process, not necessarily Alas! of knowledge or attention, in one or in all of these things, It may be here added, that it would be very desirable to know how often death is, with adults, "not a necessary, inevitable result of any disease." There are certain patients, no doubt, especially where there is slight concussion or other disturbance of the brain, who are affected by mere noise. There are excellent women who will write to London to their physician that there is much sickness in their neighbourhood in the country, and ask for some prescription from him, which they used to like themselves, and then give it to all their friends and to all their poorer neighbours who will take it. This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion on Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale. If so, try a table-spoon full every hour; if this will not do, a tea-spoon full every quarter of an hour. To a nurse I would add, take care that you always put the same things in the same places; you don't know how suddenly you may be called on some day to find something, and may not be able to remember in your haste where you yourself had put it, if your memory is not in the habit of seeing the thing there always. as good sanitary circumstances as the former, and she too will Within the last few years, a large part of London was in the daily habit of using water polluted by the drainage of its sewers and water closets. therefore we want a Children's Hospital." And the dormitories of our great boarding schools! Home made brown bread will oftener cure it than anything else. Now, dogs do not pass into cats. II. to prevent dangerous draughts. NOTES ON NURSING: WHAT IT IS, AND WHAT IT IS NOT. If we are asked, sufferings generally considered to be inevitable and incident to the disease are very often not symptoms of the But again, to look to all these things yourself does not mean to do them yourself. Now, instead of giving medicine, of which you cannot possibly know the exact and proper application, nor all its consequences, would it not be better if you were to persuade and help your poorer neighbours to remove the dung-hill from before the door, to put in a window which opens, or an Arnott's ventilator, or to cleanse and limewash the cottages? "Disease having interfered with the perfect accomplishment of the respiratory function, some sudden demand for its complete exercise, issues in the sudden stand-still of the whole machinery," is given as one process:–"life goes out for want of nervous power to keep the vital functions in activity," is given as another, by which "accidental" death is most often brought to pass in infancy. Suppose a patient ordered 4 oz. In large institutions for the sick, even the poorest, the utmost care is exercised. Never let a patient be waked out of his first sleep. The main question is what the patient's stomach can assimilate or derive nourishment from, and of this the patient's stomach is the sole judge. The housemaid then flaps everything, or some things, not out of her reach, with a thing called a duster–the dust flies up, then re-settles more equally than it lay before the operation. Of course there are many cases where this cannot be done at all–many more where only an approach to it can be made. This is the test of a good nurse. More patients have been lost in this way than is at all generally known, viz., from relapses brought on by being left for an hour or two faint, or cold, or hungry, after getting up for the first time. It is also one of much more extended application that most people have the least idea of. "I knows I fibs dreadful; but believe me, Miss, I never finds out I have fibbed until they tells me so," was a remark actually made. Again, the face is often the last to shew emaciation. 2020. After a vapour bath you may peel your whole self clean in this way. A man, who stands perhaps at the head of our medical profession, once said to me, I send a nurse into a private family to nurse the sick, but I know that it is only to do them harm. 3. And this simply because no one seemed to know what it is to be "in charge," or who was in charge. And, in the other great cities of England, nearly How little does any one in good health fancy him or even herself into the life of a sick person. The former only implies that just what you can do with your own hands is done. It never occurs to her that he is quite certain to be faint, or cold, or to want something. It is often said by men, that it is unwise to teach women anything about these laws of health, because they will take to physicking,–that there is a great deal too much of amateur physicking as it is, which is indeed true. Intelligent cravings of particular sick for particular articles of diet. A slop pail should never be brought into a sick room. The definition of nurse was much different than what it is today. 2. At the same time you never should give tea or coffee to the sick, as a rule, after 5 o'clock in the afternoon. as cold. How has the first year of the SEE YOU NOW podcast series helped amplify nurse innovation? few people ever think, where that air comes from. De koers van het lectoraat 17 2.1 Ontstaan en missie 17 2.2 Onderzoekslijnen in samenhang 18 3. These are fruit, pickles, jams, gingerbread, fat of ham or bacon, suet, cheese, butter, milk. Perhaps you can take them out of bed in the afternoon and set them by the window, where they can see the sun. A nurse will be careful to fidgetiness about airing the clean sheets from clean damp, but airing the dirty sheets from noxious damp will never even occur to her. If he can feed and clean the animal himself, he ought always to be encouraged to do so. 2. It has been observed that a small quantity of beef tea added to other articles of nutrition augments their power out of all proportion to the additional amount of solid matter. Cream, in many long chronic diseases, is quite irreplaceable by any other article whatever. Besides this, the animal exhalations from your inmates saturate your furniture. *. I should reverse the matter. Even where it is thought Petty management better understood in institutions than in private houses. Indeed, many of the symptoms which are here mentioned are those which distinguish real from fancied disease. If you think the "air of the sick room" bad for the baby, why it is bad for the invalid too, and, therefore, you will of course correct it for both. and pain, suffering, or interruption of the whole process sets in. And there are always people foolish enough to take the houses they build. A very common case is this: Between 3 and 4 A. M., the pulse become quick, perhaps 130, and so thready it is not like a pulse at all, but like a string vibrating just underneath the skin. Now, both the above facts time ago, we are told, that, "with proper care it is very A celebrated medical lecturer began one day, "Fumigations, gentlemen, are of essential importance. More important to spare the patient thought than physical exertion. bodies of the sick. A nursing note is a medical or health record that is made by a nurse that shows an accurate documentation of nursing assessments, changes in patient’s conditions, care provided, and related information to support the clinical team to deliver excellent care. There are numerous other published versions of Notes on Nursing, but this one stands apart from those given its commemorative nature. Again, a patient not usually confined to bed, is compelled by an attack of diarrhoea, vomiting, or other accident, to keep his bed for a few days; he gets up for the first time, and the nurse lets him go into another room, without coming in, a few minutes afterwards, to look after him. of solid food is, how much an oz. The whole of the preceding remarks apply even more to children and to puerperal woman than to patients in general. Organic chemistry is useful, as all knowledge is, when we come face to face with nature; but it by no means follows that we should learn in the laboratory any one of the reparative processes going on in disease. A want of the habit of observation. Scott, Anne The outer air, then, can only be kept clean by sanitary improvements, and by consuming smoke. 1. Now this is actual experiment. To attempt to keep a ward warm at the expense of On the contrary, he is depressed and wearied. It requires many faculties combined of observation and memory to speak "the whole truth," and to say "nothing but the truth.". A very high authority in hospital construction has said that people do not enough consider the difference between wards and dormitories in planning their buildings. A patient may be left to bleed to death in a sanitary palace. This is the reason why sleep is so all-important. Walking on tip-toe, doing any thing in the room very slowly, are injurious, for exactly the same reasons. This is much more important than with clean things. exhaustion of dressing and of having had the skin relaxed by Now the doctor should be told this, or how can he judge what to give? fever would be no more ascribed to contagion, but to its right And the receipt will be found to fail. This is really no exaggeration. Reckless amateur physicking by women. I have heard a doctor condemned whose patient did not, alas! their atmosphere, unless she can feel the air gently moving over Yet this is the only logic one generally hears. NOTE.–I would earnestly ask my sisters to keep clear of both the jargons now current everywhere (for they are equally jargons); of the jargon, namely, about the "rights" of women, which urges women to do all that men do, including the medical and other professions, merely because men do it, and without regard to whether this is the best that women can do; and of the jargon which urges women to do nothing that men do, merely because they are women, and should be "recalled to a sense of their duty as women," and because "this is women's work," and "that is men's," and "these are things which women should not do," which is all assertion, and nothing more. heat of the body. Another says, that women's only idea in medicine is calomel and aperients. In disease where everything given off from the body is highly noxious and dangerous, not only must But it is very generally neglected with private sick. Now, would it not very materially alter the opinion of whoever were endeavouring to form one, if he knew that from that floor, of that house, of that street the man came. And thus, as often happens, the nurse makes it her business to turn the patient's room into a ventilating shaft for the foul air of the whole house. I had rather not say how many instances I have known, where, owing to this system of leading questions, the patient has died, and the attendants have been actually unaware of the principal feature of the case. * The health of carriages, especially close carriages, is not of sufficient universal importance to mention here, otherwise than cursorily. But fresh air, or punctuality is not less important to my patient on Tuesday than it was on Monday. First published in 1860, Notes on Nursing served as the cornerstone of the curriculum at the Nightingale School and other nursing schools established. and This kind of walling would stand next to paving in improving the health of towns. Do, you who are about the sick or who visit the sick, try and give them pleasure, remember to tell them what will do so. They went on thinking–thinking that the sufferer had scratched his thumb, or that it was singular that "all the servants" had "whitlows," or that something was "much about this year; there is always sickness in our house." An ordinary light paper will last clean much longer if there is an Arnott's ventilator in the chimney than it otherwise would. A short time ago a man walked into a back-kitchen The patients are not left to do it of their own unassisted genius, however "kind" and willing they may be. Mary Mark Ockerbloom. Is the faculty of observing on the decline? * If you like to clean your furniture by laying out your clean clothes upon your dirty chairs or sofa, this is one way certainly of doing it. The other side of the "things" is therefore now evenly dirtied or dusted. How can she expect those who are under her to be more careful to maintain her house in a healthy condition than she who is in charge of it?–2. It may be worth while to remark, that where there is any danger of bed-sores a blanket should never be placed under the patient. Careless observation of the results of careless visits. "I see no reason why you should not live till ninety years of age." Those who make health an excuse for doing nothing, and at the same time allege that the being able to do nothing is their only grief. In the great majority of cases, the stomach of the patient is guided by other principles of selection than merely the amount of carbon or nitrogen in the diet. You can always moderate the light by blinds and curtains. And as a wise man has said, no one has ever done anything great or useful by listening to the voices from without. But, if you rouse him up after he has fallen asleep, you do not risk, you secure him a bad night. In great cities, night air is often the best and purest air to be had in the twenty-four hours. But in these cases be sure that the patient requires diluents for quite other purposes than quenching the thirst; he wants a great deal of some drink, not only of tea, and the doctor will order what he is to have, barley water or lemonade, or soda water and milk, as the case may be. But the plaster can be redeemed by frequent lime-washing; the paper requires frequent renewing. If people would but cover the outside walls of their houses with plain or encaustic tiles, what an incalculable improvement would there be in light, cleanliness, dryness, warmth, and consequently economy. People rarely, if ever, faint while making an exertion. fire should be, if necessary, replenished. The very elements of what constitutes good nursing are as little understood for the well as for the sick. epidemic disease and ill health is being distilled into the house. It appears as if the part of a mistress now is to complain of her servants, and to accept their excuses–not to show them how there need be neither complaints made nor excuses. Patients are often accused of being able to "do much more when nobody is by." On the other hand, the other logic, viz., of the nurse giving a patient a thing because she has got it, is equally fatal. "Oh no, sir; you know it is very long since he has been up and dressed, and he can get across the room now." Wenham Lake ice is used for this express purpose every summer, while the private patient, perhaps, never tastes a drop of milk that is not sour, all through the hot weather, so little does the private nurse understand the necessity of such care. * It is made a frequent recommendation to persons about to incur great exhaustion, either from the nature of the service, or from their being not in a state fit for it, to eat a piece of bread before they go. This spring there was anything but unwholesomely close and foul? What you do it for I cannot think. Thus it is with the brain. * That excellent paper, the Builder, mentions the lingering of the smell of paint for a month about a house as a proof of want of ventilation. Surely you can learn at least to judge with the eye how much an oz. In Life Insurance and such like societies, were they instead of having the person examined by the medical man, to have the houses, conditions, ways of life, of these persons examined, at how much truer results would they arrive! Head in charge must see to House Hygiene, not do it herself. nor would you be deterred from good things by hearing it said, "Yes, but she ought not to have done this, because it is not suitable for a woman." How to cite “Notes on nursing” by Florence Nightingale APA citation. positively be aired (?) How often in such visits the sick person has to do the whole conversation, exerting his own imagination and memory, while you would take the visitor, absorbed in his own anxieties, making no effort of memory or imagination, for the sick person. but not even mothers think it worth their while to study most delicate test" of sanitary conditions. A man who really cares for his patients, will soon learn to ask for and appreciate the information of a nurse, who is at once a careful observer and a clear reporter. It is after it is over. That is precisely what I want to know." I had rather have the power of carrying my patient about after the sun, according to the aspect of the rooms, if circumstances permit, than let him linger in a room when the sun is off. The fact that there is more nourishment in bread than in almost anything else, has probably induced the mistake. With the first you have an out-break which you could anticipate, and it is all over. This is called extravagant. Of one thing you may be certain, that anything which wakes a patient suddenly out of his sleep will invariably put him into a state of greater excitement, do him more serious, aye, and lasting mischief, than any continuous noise, however loud. close and oppressive as he found it cold in the morning. Atmosphere in painted and papered rooms quite distinguishable. Let your doubt be to yourself, your decision to them. Nurses Leading Innovation A Year of Igniting Nurse-Led Innovation with the SEE YOU NOW Podcast. No ventilation can freshen a room or ward where the most scrupulous cleanliness is not observed. Air your dirty sheets, not only your clean ones. It is true that hypochondriacs very often do that behind a nurse's back which they would not do before her face. "Notes on Nursing" is a great overview, in her own words, of Florence Nightingale's ideas on care, cleanliness, and the nursing process in general. There are many burthened with business who always manage to keep a pigeon-hole in their minds, full of things to tell the "invalid.". a feverish re-action. Of these things the benefits are sure. I remember when a child, hearing the story of an accident, related by some one who sent two girls to fetch a "bottle of salvolatile from her room;" "Mary could not stir," she said, "Fanny ran and fetched a bottle that was not salvolatile, and that was not in my room.". Scrofula often a result of disposition of bed clothes. I incline to think that the majority of cheerful cases is to be found among those patients who are not confined to one room, whatever their suffering, and that the majority of depressed cases will be seen among those subjected to a long monotony of objects about them. They have ventured to cover the patients lightly and to keep the windows open; and we hear much less of the "infection" of small-pox than we used to do. whose vital powers have then risen often finds the room as And under no pretence have any ledge whatever out of sight. 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