It is quite Initially celebrated for her efforts during the Crimean War, Nightingale is best known as a reformer of army medical services and of nursing more generally. *. What is become of woman's light step?–the firm, light, quick step we have been asking for? The very first canon of nursing, the first and the Real knowledge of the laws of health alone can check this. It is evidently much less exertion for a patient to answer a letter for himself by return of post, than to have four conversations, wait five days, have six anxieties before it is off his mind, before the person who has to answer it has done so. which is neither possible nor desirable, but) how can I provide against anything wrong arising out of my absence? And if in the course of time the families die off, as is so often the case, nobody ever thinks of blaming any but Providence * for the result. It only unpurified by the effect of the sun's rays. The diet which will keep the healthy man healthy, will kill the sick one. can manage the windows myself." Then, when anything wrong has actually happened in consequence of her absence, which absence we will suppose to have been quite right, let her question still be (not, how can I provide against any more of such absences? The utmost the medical man can tell is whether the patient is weaker or stronger at this visit than he was at the last visit. * Why should you let your patient ever be surprised, except by thieves? speak more distinctly? Remember that every noise a patient cannot see partakes of the character of suddenness to him; and I am persuaded that patients with these peculiarly irritable nerves, are positively less injured by having persons in the same room with them than overhead, or separated by only a thin compartment. Scott, Anne From the chairs, tables, or sofa, upon which the "things" have lain during the night, and which are therefore comparatively clean from dust or blacks, the poor "things" having "caught" it, they are removed to other chairs, tables, sofas, upon which you could write your name with your finger in the dust or blacks. It is recognized as the knowledge which every one ought to have–distinct from medical knowledge, which only a profession can have. without to come in. a bed-sore, it is generally the fault not of the disease, but the act, but simply said, "It's all right." Why should it go? The surgical nurse must ever be on the watch, ever on her guard, against the want of cleanliness, foul air, want of light, and of warmth. the temperature, then she should always be provided with a thermometer which indicates the temperature, with an air test which It is never thought that the patient remembers these things if you do not. Houdin, the conjuror, says that the way to make a story seem short is to tell it slowly. I would say to the nurse, have a rule of thought about your patient's diet; consider, remember how much he has had, and how much he ought to have to-day. Some extra call made upon his attention at that moment will quite upset him. The boy always succeeded best, e.g., if the father described 30 objects, the boy did 40, and scarcely ever made a mistake. As long as observation is so little cultivated as it is now, I do believe that it is better for the physician not to see the friends of the patient at all. "Oh, yes," he said, "I could always take something at — o'clock and — o'clock." Richards, Professor David A. There is often a marked difference between men and women in this matter of sick feeding. If people who make these comparisons did but know (only they do not care to know), the care and preciseness with which such comparisons require to be made, (and are made,) in order to be of any value whatever, they would spare their tongues. They do not come by inspiration to the lady disappointed in love, nor to the poor workhouse drudge hard up for a livelihood. I need hardly say that I am well aware that excess in needle-work, in writing, in any other continuous employment, will produce the same irritability that defect in manual employment (as one cause) produces in the sick. I have often seen really good nurses distressed, because they could not impress the doctor with the real danger of their patient; and quite provoked because the patient "would look" either "so much better" or "so much worse" than he really is "when the doctor was there." So also if by continuing to stand you make him continuously raise his eyes to see you. Apply the above receipt for making a good nurse to making a good servant. The most devoted friend or … in the east.". Now it is your business as their visitor to restore this right proportion for them–to show them what the rest of the world is doing. If the patient can turn on his side, he will eat more comfortably from a bed-side table; and on no account whatever should a bed ever be higher than a sofa. It does not seem necessary to mention this. And all furniture ought to be so made as that it may be wiped with a damp cloth without injury to itself, and so polished as that it may be damped without injury to others. If we are asked, Her 1859 book, Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not has been described as "one of the seminal works of the modern world." But intermittent noise, or sudden and sharp noise, in these as in all other cases, affects far more than continuous noise–noise with jar far more than noise without. quiet, or of cleanliness, or of punctuality and care in the of medicines and the application of poultices. But don't let the patient be wearily waiting for when you will be out of the room or when you will be in it. Then, this state of nerves is most frequently to be relieved by care in affording them a pleasant view, a judicious variety as to flowers, * and pretty things. No, the bed is to be always left in the darkest, dullest, remotest, part of the room. whether they hold sick or well, at night, or before the Much more precise might be our observations even than this, and much more correct our conclusions. and "In good sooth!" It is not, however, either death or delirium of which, in these cases, there is most danger to the patient. Let your thought expressed to them be concisely and decidedly expressed. I have known cases of hospital pyæmia quite as severe in handsome private houses as in any of the worst hospitals, and from the same cause, viz., foul air. A respectable elderly woman stooping forward, invested in crinoline, exposes quite as much of her own person to the patient lying in the room as any opera dancer does on the stage. [pg 2] printed by harrison and sons, st. martin's lane, w.c. [pg 3] preface. Upon the observance of these rules, especially the first, often depends the patient's capability of taking food at all, or, if he is amiable and forces himself to take food, of deriving any nourishment from it. "Unexpectedly" to others, perhaps, who did not see, because they did not look; but by no means "unexpectedly to himself," as I feel entitled to believe, both from the internal evidence in such stories, and from watching similar cases; there was every reason to expect that A. would die, and he knew it; but he found it useless to insist upon his own knowledge to his friends. We know, say, that from 22 to 24 per 1,000 will die in London next year. is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings The use of aperients may be entirely superseded by it. If the reader lets his own attention wander, and then stops to read up to himself, or finds he has read the wrong bit, then it is all over with the poor patient's chance of not suffering. "Go to!" Besides this, there is a constant degradation, as it is called, taking place from everything except polished or glazed articles–E.g., in colouring certain green papers arsenic is used. Never to allow a patient to be waked, intentionally or accidentally, is a sine qua non of all good nursing. At night, if the patient has had a day of excitement, it is almost imperceptible. Nursing Lecture Notes. And you can really keep yourself cleaner with a tumbler of hot water and a rough towel and rubbing, than with a whole apparatus of bath and soap and sponge, without rubbing. A sick person does so enjoy hearing good news:–for instance, of a love and courtship, while in progress to a good ending. I have lived in a large and expensively furnished London house, where the only constant inmate in two very lofty rooms, with opposite windows, was myself, and yet, owing to the above-mentioned dirty circumstances, no opening of windows could ever keep those rooms free from closeness; but the carpet and curtains having been turned out of the rooms altogether, they became instantly as fresh as could be wished. In some cases the sick are aware of it, and complain. Another likes to be perpetually made much of and pitied, and to have some one always by him. But nurses are very fond of heating the footwarmer at night, and of neglecting it in the morning, But even if there is not, you must carry water there to concerned. Cut-flowers also decompose water and produce oxygen gas. *. It is that chicory has nothing at all of the properties for which you give coffee. school-mistresses of any class, nor nurses of children, nor And now, you think these things trifles, or at least exaggerated. sick especially weak, protracted, and collapsed cases, to A slop pail should never be brought into a sick room. But it is often observed that the nurses who make the greatest Better far put such patients at the top of the house, even with the additional fatigue of stairs, if you cannot secure the room above them being untenanted; you may otherwise bring on a state of restlessness which no opium will subdue. "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. * It is a much more difficult thing to speak the truth than people commonly imagine. The causes of the * It is commonly supposed that the nurse is there to spare the patient from making physical exertion for himself–I would rather say that she ought to be there to spare him from taking thought for himself. former objections. as we know, He has put them into our own. And when a patient has compulsory occupations to engage him, instead of having simply to amuse himself, it becomes doubly injurious. It is often thought that medicine is the curative process. Or is it better to learn the piano-forte than to learn If the laws of health, as far as regards fresh air, cleanliness, light, &c., were taught to these, would this not prevent some children being killed, some evil being perpetuated? * It falls to few ever to have had the opportunity of observing the different aspects which the human face puts on at the sudden approach of certain forms of death by violence; and as it is a knowledge of little use, I only mention it here as being the most startling example of what I mean. NOTE.–It is often complained, that professional nurses, brought into private families, in case of sickness, make themselves intolerable by "ordering about" the other servants, under plea of not neglecting the patient. If, then, every woman must at some time or other of her life, become a nurse, i.e., have charge of somebody's health, how immense and how valuable would be the produce of her united experience if every woman would think how to nurse. The latter that what ought to be done is always done. The skin absorbs the water and becomes softer and more perspirable. Small-pox, of course, under this regime, is very "infectious." of at all, the most extraordinary misconceptions reign about It is well known that the same names may be seen constantly recurring on workhouse books for generations. Unperceived consequences are far more likely to ensue. The patient's stomach must be its own chemist. whose vital powers have then risen often finds the room as a process of poisoning or of decay, which has taken place My heart always sinks within me when I hear the good house-wife, of every class, say, "I assure you the bed has been well slept in," and I can only hope it is not true. and dumb-bell (!) I have often been surprised at the thoughtlessness, (resulting in cruelty, quite unintentionally) of friends or of doctors who will hold a long conversation just in the room or passage adjoining to the room of the patient, who is either every moment expecting them to come in, or who has just seen them, and knows they are talking about him. There is the want of observation simple, and the want of observation compound, compounded, that is, with the imaginative faculty. Yet I have known–and known too among those–and chiefly among those–whom money and position put in possession of everything which money and position could give–I have known, I say, more accidents (fatal, slowly or rapidly) arising from this want of observation among nurses than from almost anything else. A want of the habit of observation. Accidents arising from the nurse's want of observation. but independently of the fact that English sick very generally dislike cocoa, it has quite a different effect from tea or coffee. A man received an injury to the spine, from an accident, which after a long confinement ended in death. These are easily known by the smell, and can be avoided. It is quite nonsense to say that anybody need be dirty. Dunsford, Jennifer There is nothing more to be said. Then there are the schoolmistresses of all national and other schools throughout the kingdom. If there are blinds to your windows, always take care to have them well up, when they are not being used. intend mothers to be always accompanied by doctors? Albuquerque, Karla A. It is very seldom indeed, that by choosing your diet, you cannot regulate your own bowels; and every woman may watch herself to know what kind of diet will do this; I have known deficiency of meat produce constipation, quite as often as deficiency of vegetables; baker's bread much oftener than either. And under no pretence have any ledge whatever out of sight. 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. application, would be invaluable to use in every sleeping and sick If you go out without telling him when you will be back, he can take no measures nor precautions as to the things which concern you both, or which you do for him. Outspoken writings by the founder of modern nursing record fundamentals in the needs of the sick that must be provided in all nursing. This is, indeed, one of the main sufferings of sickness; just as the fixed posture is one of the main sufferings of the broken limb. And this, though she has "put that room to rights" every day for a month perhaps, and must have observed the books every day, lying in the same places, for a month, if she had any observation. Walk through the wards of a hospital, remember the bed sides of private patients you have seen, and count how many sick you ever saw lying with their faces towards the wall. where so many children's But a careless nurse, be her rank and education what From this you can wash the animal exuviæ.*. It was also required reading at the nursing school she opened at St Thomas' Hospital, the first of its kind, and at other such establishments. But the other is done with intention. As to food, for instance, I often think that most common question, How is your appetite? It may come A dark house is always an unhealthy house, always an ill-aired house, always a dirty house. Every room must be aired from without–every passage from without. It is true she cannot give him what she has not got; but his stomach does not wait for her convenience, or even her necessity. I am obliged to be away on Tuesday. It is rarely the loudness of the noise, the effect upon the organ of the ear itself, which appears to affect the sick. Saadatian, E. The best wall for a sick-room or ward that could be made is pure white non-absorbent cement or glass, or glazed tiles, if they were made sightly enough. Flour, oats, groats, barley, and their kind, are, as we have already said, preferable in all their preparations to all the preparations of arrowroot, sago, tapioca, and their kind. ‘Scrooge’ Health Secretary paves the way for ‘another real terms pay cut’ for NHS workers Then the proportion of girls in these schools, who become mothers or members among the 64,600 nurses recorded above, or schoolmistresses in their turn. To make a room cold is by no means necessarily to ventilate it. It will be found always covered, whenever the utensil is not empty, by condensed offensive moisture. On a diet of beef tea healthy men on the other hand speedily lose their strength. Every nurse should keep this fact constantly in mind,–for, if she allow her sick to remain unwashed, or their clothing to remain on them after being saturated with perspiration or other execretion, she is interfering injuriously with the natural processes of health just as effectually as if she were to give the patient a dose of slow poison by the mouth. If you find it helps you to note down such things on a bit of paper, in pencil, by all means do so. This fatal directly in the draught between the open door and window. II. Yes, God always justifies His ways. Averages again seduce us away from minute observation. The breaking of it always induces a greater or less incapacity of taking food. The breaking of them produces only a less violent consequence among the former than among the latter,–and In certain diseased states much less And I have seen, even in middle age, the "sudden stand-still" here mentioned, and from the same causes. 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