By Helen M. Sweet
This booklet takes a clean examine group nursing historical past in nice Britain, studying the basically generalist and coffee profile, domiciliary finish of the pro nursing spectrum through the 20th century. It charts the main major alterations affecting the nurse’s paintings at the district together with obligatory registration for basic nursing, adjustments in association, education, stipulations of provider, and workload. a powerful oral historical past part offers a different perception into the pro photos of district nursing and the complexities of inter- and intra-professional relationships in addition to into the altering day by day operating reviews of the district nurse at ‘grass-roots’ point. Use of oral historical past and files of person nurses makes an attempt to rectify the tendency of nursing heritage to view nurses as though they have been a homogenous team of execs, thereby spotting the various stories of nurses in numerous areas and environments. The publication additionally considers the measure of effect of medically similar applied sciences and of advancements in medications, fabrics, communications, and shipping at the expert improvement of district nursing. The paintings addresses problems with gender relationships significant to a nursing occupation mostly composed of ladies (throughout a lot of the interval) operating along a mostly male-dominated scientific occupation.
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43 Similar views were expressed from The Metropolitan and National Nursing Association, the forerunner of the QNI. ”44 In addition it was recommended that the nurses should be recruited not from the workhouses, but from the educated classes. Florence Nightingale is quoted in this same article as being in support of this ideal. However, in a letter from Miss Nightingale to The Times, referring to the founding of the Metropolitan Nursing Association, Bloomsbury Square, this does not appear so clear-cut.
At the same time she strongly supported the ideas of the Eugenics movement,75 believing many social problems were the result of uncontrolled population increase. The description of a typical day in this early period takes district nurse and supervisor to a number of routine visits and emergency calls, from false 30 Community Nursing and Primary Healthcare alarms and the ﬁrst-aid treatment of tending to a patient’s injured thumb, to the trauma of a child’s death, a terminally ill young man, and a victim of domestic violence.
Oral histories from male district nurses and female GPs contribute their unique support to understanding the dynamics involved. District nurses who began working in the 1940s and 1950s cite a different ethos of “nursing care” as a signiﬁcant mark of difference between their practice and that of today’s district nurses. After World War II, the working conditions of district nurses began to alter, signiﬁcantly affected by changes in medicine, technology, organisation, and social attitudes, and this continued throughout the subsequent decades.