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Histories of nursing practice

Histories of nursing practice

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This book examines the history of nursing practice in Europe and North America. It differs from most other studies of nursing history by focusing on the actual clinical work of nurses. It explores two broad categories of nursing work: the 'hands-on' clinical work of treatment and care; and the work of health screening, health education and public health crisis management.

The book contains ten detailed historical case studies of nursing practice across diverse settings in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As well as examining 'what nurses did', it explores the significance and meaning of nursing work, for nurses themselves, their patients and their communities, and examines developments in practice against a backdrop of social, cultural, political and economic drivers and constraints. The book sets the history of nursing practice within time, place and context, but demonstrates remarkable commonalities and continuities across geographical and temporal borders. It presents examples of how practice made a distinct nursing contribution to the development of modern health systems and how it became a potent resource for disciplinary development.

With its focus on the history of practice, this book should be of interest to academics and clinical nurses alike. It is also an ideal textbook for undergraduate nursing programmes, providing students with rich accounts of the history of their own disciplinary practice.

The book is written by leading scholars of nursing history in Europe, North America and Australasia.

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ISBN-13: 9781784996314
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Series: Nursing History and Humanities
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 621 KB

About the Author

Gerard M. Fealy is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin

Christine E. Hallett is Professor of Nursing History at the School of Nursing and Social Work, University of Manchester, and is Director of the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery

Susanne Malchau Dietz is Associate Professor and Head of Research at Deaconess University College, Copenhagen

Table of Contents

Introduction: Histories of nursing practice Christine Hallett, Gerard Fealy

Part I: Care and cure in nursing work

1. Baby and infant healthcare in Dresden, 18971930 Bettina Blessing

2. The taste of war: the meaning of food to New Zealand and Australian nurses far from home in World War One, 191518 Pamela J. Wood and Sara Knight

3. 'In the company of those similarly afflicted': the sanatorium patient and sanatorium nursing, c.190852 Martin S. McNamara and Gerard Fealy

4. 'Hurting and caring': nursing burned children in the Chicago School fire disaster, 1958 Barbara Brodie

5. A poverty of leadership: nursing older people in English hospitals, 194580 Jane Brooks

6. Beyond the cuckoo's nest: Nurses and ECT in Dutch psychiatry, 19402010 Geertje Boschma

Part II: Public health and nursing work

7. The cholera epidemic of 1892 and its impact on modernising public health and nursing in Hamburg Mathilde Hackmann

8. 'Some kindred form of medical social work': defining the boundaries of social work, health visiting, public health nursing in Europe, 191825 Jaime Lapeyre

9. 'Community health care': Struggles and conflicts of an emerging public health system in the United States, 191545 Rima Apple

10. Nurses in schools, coal towns and migrant camps: bringing health care to rural America, 190050 John Kirchgessner, Arlene Keeling and Mary Gibson


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