Notes on nursing : what it is, and what it is not by Florence Nightingale

By Florence Nightingale

Written by means of nursing's impressive first theorist/researcher and primary released in 1859, Notes on Nursing: What it really is and What it really is Not is considered nursing's first textbook. an awesome present for an individual in nursing, this specific variation includes the unique textual content in its entirety with commentaries by means of 12 favourite nursing theorists. fantastically certain with marbled finish pages, gilded edges, and a ribbon publication marker.

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Come back and look at your patient after he has had an hour's animated conversation with you. It is the best test of his real state we know. But never pronounce upon him from merely seeing what he does, or how he looks, during such a conversation. Learn also carefully and exactly, if you can, how he passed the night after it. People rarely, if ever, faint while making an exertion. It is after it is over. Indeed, almost every effect of over-exertion appears after, not during such exertion. It is the highest folly to judge of the sick, as is so often done, when you see them merely during a period of excitement.

In the solidly built old houses, which, fortunately, most hospitals are, the noise and shaking is comparatively trifling. But it is a serious cause of suffering, in lightly built houses, and with the irritability peculiar to some diseases. 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 * Sick children, if not too shy to speak, will always express this wish. They invariably prefer a story to be told to them, rather than read to them.

And it is hard, indeed, if nurse and friends cannot calculate so as to let him make them undisturbed. Remember, that many patients can walk who cannot stand or even sit up. Standing is, of all positions, the most trying to a weak patient. Everything you do in a patient's room, after he is “put up” for the night, increases tenfold the risk of his having a bad night. But, if you rouse him up after he has fallen asleep, you do not risk, you secure him a bad night. One hint I would give to all who attend or visit the sick, to all who have to pronounce an opinion upon sickness or its progress.

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