Handling the Sick: The Women of St. Luke's and the Nature of Nursing, 1892-1937

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Handling the Sick is the story of 838 women who entered St. Luke's Hospital Training School for Nurses, St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1892 to 1937. Their story addresses a fundamental question about nursing that has yet to be answered: is nursing a craft or a profession? It also addresses the colliding visions of nursing factions that for more than a century have disagreed on the inherent traits and formal preparation a nurse has needed. The women of St. Luke's were engaged in the most practical of all occupations ...
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Overview

Handling the Sick is the story of 838 women who entered St. Luke's Hospital Training School for Nurses, St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1892 to 1937. Their story addresses a fundamental question about nursing that has yet to be answered: is nursing a craft or a profession? It also addresses the colliding visions of nursing factions that for more than a century have disagreed on the inherent traits and formal preparation a nurse has needed. The women of St. Luke's were engaged in the most practical of all occupations open to women, a rare one in which their strength, experience, and skill were prized above all else. They firmly believed that the key to success in nursing was apprenticeship training. Apprenticeship, not schooling, was the cornerstone on which all else rested. This study unites the opposing visions of those who led nursing toward professional status and those who saw it as a craft. Physicality, strength of will, an abiding emphasis on practicality, and a hierarchy based on a deep pride in craft skills have been essential elements of nursing. Nursing can look to its complex history to develop an integrated model of nursing, one drawing on both academic training and the immediate realities involved in "handling the sick."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814290361
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: The Nature of Writing 1
2 First Impressions 9
3 Ready for Work 39
4 The Limits of Duty 59
5 Laying Claim to Caring 78
6 Grounds for Dismissal, Reasons to Leave 95
7 Lasting Impressions 121
8 Reclaiming the Past, Remaking the Future 143
Notes 157
Bibliography 205
Index 223
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