notes on nursing

Tønnessen, Siri But the Registrar-General would certainly never think of giving us as a cause for the This book introduces holistic health, home health, alternative therapies, health prevention and maintenance, the role of women in nursing and in everyday life, nursing administration, leadership, communications skills, mind/body and body/mind relationships. Aspect, view, and sunlight matters of first importance to the sick. "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. There are five essential points in securing the health of houses:–. court; or they opened the room doors into the unaired halls and passages, by the way of airing the rooms. The well have a curious habit of forgetting that what is to them but a trifling inconvenience, to be patiently "put up" with, is to the sick a source of suffering, delaying recovery, if not actually hastening death. 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. Now, it is generally supposed that paleness is the one indication of almost any violent change in the human being, whether from terror, disease, or anything else. Notes on Nursing 2.0 5 Inleiding 7 1. Another likes to be perpetually made much of and pitied, and to have some one always by him. * For the same reason if, after washing a patient, you must put the same night-dress on him again, always give it a preliminary warm at the fire. Their name is legion. If you give it at 5 or 6 o'clock in the morning, he may even sometimes fall asleep after it, and get perhaps his only two or three hours' sleep during the twenty-four. Bearing this in mind, bearing in mind that you have all these varieties of employment which the sick cannot have, bear also in mind to obtain for them all the varieties which they can enjoy. But minute enquiries into conditions enable us to know that in such a district, nay, in such a street,–or even on one side of that street, in such a particular house, or even on one floor of that particular house, will be the excess of mortality, that is, the person will die who ought not to have died before old age. It has been very justly said that the sick are like children in this, that there is no proportion in events to them. when they desire two contradictions. To have pure air, your house be so constructed as that the outer atmosphere shall find its way with ease to every corner of it. Possibly," he says, "it belongs to a new denomination of remedies.". * There are, of course, cases, as in first confinements, when an assurance from the doctor or experienced nurse to the frightened suffering woman that there is nothing unusual in her case, that she has nothing to fear but a few hours' pain, may cheer her most effectually. Children, who are always the most delicate test of sanitary conditions, generally cannot enter a close carriage without being sick–and very lucky for them that it is so. diets is exhausted. Indifference, excepting with regard to bodily suffering, or to some duty the dying man desires to perform, is the far more usual state. It is wonderful. Or, rather, is it not to be feared that observation, as an essential part of medicine, has been declining? Just so if we were to take, as a principle–all the climates of the earth are meant to be made The answer is–When ought they to be shut? Can you insure that it is not undone when your back is turned? *. Whereas, if you could but arrange that the thing should always be done whether you are there or not, he need never think at all about it. guard against the effects of the loss of vital heat by the It is of no use for the sick to say anything, for what the adviser wants is, not to know the truth about the state of the patient, but to turn whatever the sick may say to the support of his own argument, set forth, it must be repeated, without any inquiry whatever into the patient's real condition. Here is an observation within everybody's experience. He has never observed. Yet, if a nurse finds a room close, she will let out the fire, thereby making it closer, or she will open the door into a cold room, without a fire, or an open window in it, by way of improving the ventilation. A good nurse will be careful to attend to this. Don't imagine that if you, who are in charge, don't look to all these things yourself, those under you will be more careful than you are. Desperate desire in the sick to "see out of the window.". when they are busy. NOTE–One word about pillows. Where is the shady side of deep vallies, there is cretinism. The most important practical lesson that can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe–how to observe–what symptoms indicate improvement–what the reverse–which are of importance–which are of none–which are the evidence of neglect–and of what kind of neglect. 4. the crowded beds of a hospital ward, we say, "It's all right.". He has so much of books and fiction, of principles, and precepts, and theories; do, instead of advising him with advice he has heard at least fifty times before, tell him of one benevolent act which has really succeeded practically,–it is like a day's health to him. A patient in such a state is not going to the East Indies. It is not his "appetite" which requires "tempting," it is his digestion which requires sparing. Then there are the schoolmistresses of all national and other schools throughout the kingdom. It is true there are certain flowers, e.g., lilies, the smell of which is said to depress the nervous system. A want of the habit of observation. Real tea-leaf tea alone contains the restorative they want; which is not to be found in sloe-leaf tea. by having the door opened into that Chemistry has as yet afforded little insight into the dieting of the sick. I have often been asked Rich people like to have their stables and dunghill near their houses. A person gasping for air might open a window for himself. Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, by colour, and light, we do know this, that they have an actual physical effect. Or: At 10 P.M. brandy during the day, how is he to take this if you make it into four pints with diluting it? except the observing nurse, if there is one, who had always expected the exhaustion to come, from which there would be no rally, because she knew the patient had no capital in strength on which to draw, if he failed for a few days to make his barely daily income in sleep and nutrition. Alas! 4. 2. The causes of the 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. 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. 2. To return to real disease. They call it medical or physiological knowledge, I will tell you what was the cause of this hospital pyæmia being in that large private house. I cannot tell how he was when I was not with him.". A celebrated man, though celebrated only for foolish things, has told us that one of his main objects in the education of his son, was to give him a ready habit of accurate observation, a certainty of perception, and that for this purpose one of his means was a month's course as follows:–he took the boy rapidly past a toy-shop; the father and son then described to each other as many of the objects as they could, which they had seen in passing the windows, noting them down with pencil and paper, and returning afterwards to verify their own accuracy. They would never think of such a beginning for a good working Superior or Sister of Charity. bed-side till he is so sickened with the sight of it, that he cannot eat it at all. Children: their greater susceptibility to the same things. They are affected by the same things, but much more quickly and seriously, viz., by want of fresh air, of proper warmth, want of cleanliness in house, clothes, bedding, or body, by startling noises, improper food, or want of punctuality, by dulness and by want of light, by too much or too little covering in bed, or when up, by want of the spirit of management generally in those in charge of them. They neither know how to give orders, nor how to teach their servants to obey orders–i. patient is faint, if he is sick after taking food, if he has Those who have brought upon themselves ill-health by over pursuit of amusement, which they and their friends have most unhappily called intellectual activity. Zhu, Bin But I think that in no country are women to be found so deficient in ready and sound observation as in England, while peculiarly capable of being trained to it. I saw him the day before; I thought him so much better; there certainly was no appearance from which one could have expected so sudden (?) they are feverish at night, with burning hands and feet, The question is generally a leading question; and it is singular that people never think what must be the answer to this question before they ask it: for instances, "Has he had a good night?" And I think there is more of the entente cordiale to assist one another's hands between the doctor and his head nurse in the latter institutions, than between the doctor and the patient's friends in the private house. The head is thrown upon the chest. indicates the organic matter of the air. Falk, Hanna To increase the efficiency of this class, and to make as many of them as possible the disciples of the true doctrines of health, would be a great national work. Everybody involuntarily looks at the person speaking. But how few are there who can intelligently trace disease in their households to such causes! A nurse should never put before a patient milk that is sour, meat or soup that is turned, an egg that is bad, or vegetables underdone. the chances of recovery of your sick. This is the almost universal experience of occupied invalids. When I see a patient in a room nine or ten feet high upon a bed between four and five feet high, with his head, when he is sitting up in bed, actually within two or three feet of the ceiling, I ask myself, is this expressly planned to produce that peculiarly distressing feeling common to the sick, viz., as if the walls and ceiling were closing in upon them, and they becoming sandwiches between floor and ceiling, which imagination is not, indeed, here so far from the truth? He has not only to think whether the visit or letter may arrive, but whether you will be in the way at the particular day and hour when it may arrive. Cleanliness and fresh air from open windows, with unremitting attention to the patient, are the only defence a true nurse either asks or needs. The remedy for the first is to cook better; for the second, to choose other articles of diet; for the third, to watch for the hours when the patient is in want of food; for the fourth, to show him what he likes, and sometimes unexpectedly. * I remember a case in point. 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. awake. "What can't be cured must be endured," is the very worst and most dangerous maxim for a nurse which ever was made. What would the friend say, if he were the medical attendant, and if the patient, because some other friend had come in, because somebody, anybody, nobody, had recommended something, anything, nothing, were to disregard his orders, and take that other body's recommendation? Air is always soiled in a room where walls and carpets are saturated with animal exhalations. Windows are made to open; doors are made to shut–a truth which seems extremely difficult of apprehension. If we are asked, You have no idea what the craving of sick with undiminished power of thinking, but little power of doing, is to hear of good practical action, when they can no longer partake in it. Yet nobody learnt the lesson. done away with all that pain and suffering, which in patients are the symptoms not of their disease, but of the Scott, Anne Check if you have access via personal or institutional login. Een kat mag naar een koning kijken 11 1.1 De betekenis van het narratief 12 1.2 Een visie op kennis 12 1.3 De relevantie van vragen 14 1.4 De vrijheid om te veranderen 15 2. Hospital bedsteads are in many respects very much less objectionable than private ones. No good nurse will ever put a tray on a bed at all. It appeared, upon cross-examination:–1. to be opened? A piece of good news will do the same. But a careless nurse, be her rank and education what they are almost sure to be chilly and shivering in the many hours, perhaps days, in bed, and thereby rendered more 2019. Notes on Nursing, published in 1860 by Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), is the most famous publication in the history of nursing. From this you can wash the animal exuviæ.*. 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. Again, women, and the best women, are wofully deficient in I have heard thirteen persons "concur" in declaring that a fourteenth, who had never left his bed, went to a distant chapel every morning at seven o'clock. If you believed in and observed the laws for preserving the health of houses which inculcate cleanliness, ventilation, white-washing, and other means, and which, by the way, are laws, as implicitly as you believe in the popular opinion, for it is nothing more than an opinion, that your child must have children's epidemics, don't you think that upon the whole your child would be more likely to escape altogether? This may be true, but it is not the way to impress with the truth a doctor, more capable of forming a judgment from the facts, if he did but know them, than you are. 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. Any many an invalid, too weak to drag about his pillows himself, slips his book or anything at hand behind the lower part of his back to support it. Campos, Josemberg M. *. are too sadly true. a process of poisoning or of decay, which has taken place This was an accident which might have happened to the most careful nurse. sense shown, in all ranks, as in nursing. The sun is not only a painter but a sculptor. Note you can select to send to either the or variations. It was that the sewer air from an ill-placed sink was carefully conducted into all the rooms by sedulously opening all the doors, and closing all the passage windows. * * * * * [Sidenote: Disease a reparative process.] Then say so to the patient openly. We should have parents saying, and saying rightly, "I will not Again, the question, How is your appetite? Carolyn Benck, Jane Dugan, Luevinia Hicks, Janet Keller, Mary Nuzzo, Sally Drake, Marilyn Wharton, Liz Pysar, Lisa Bartle, and But it is a serious cause of suffering, in lightly built houses, and with the irritability peculiar to some diseases. And terrible is the injury which has followed to the sick from such wild notions! No, not one. On the contrary, it may be well known that the children die in such a house at the rate of 8 out of 10; one would think that nothing more need be said; for how could Providence One is the belief that beef tea is the most nutritive of all articles. The noiseless step of woman, the noiseless drapery of woman, are mere figures of speech in this day. Supply to the sick the defect of manual labour. shows how little the subject has been considered. *. You may see poor little feeble washed-out rags, children of a noble stock, suffering morally and physically, throughout their useless, degenerate lives, and yet people who are going to marry and to bring more such into the world, will consult nothing but their own convenience as to where they are to live, or how they are to live. The nurse must be able to get easily to both sides of the bed, and to reach easily every part of the patient without stretching–a thing impossible if the bed be either too wide or too high. Another great evil in house construction is carrying drains underneath the house. NOTE.–The effect of music upon the sick has been scarcely at all noticed. I think it more often lames than strengthens the memory and observation. At all events, one may safely say, a nurse cannot be with the patient, open the door, eat her meals, take a message, all at one and the same time. Don't make your sick-room into a ventilating shaft for the whole house. Now, you can have no idea of the relief which manual labour is to you–of the degree to which the deprivation of manual employment increases the peculiar irritability from which many sick suffer. * A small pet animal is often an excellent companion for the sick, for long chronic cases especially. Remember never to lean against, sit upon, or unnecessarily shake, or even touch the bed in which a patient lies. What you want are facts, not opinion–for who can have any opinion of any value as to whether the patient is better or worse, excepting the constant medical attendant, or the really observing nurse? In Notes on Nursing, Nightingale details her understanding of health and the full range of what determines it. It retains damp and acts like a poultice. An untrapped sink may at any time spread fever or pyæmia among the inmates of a palace. Has she a case of compound fracture, of amputation, or of erysipelas, it may depend very much on how she looks upon the things enumerated in these notes, whether one or other of these hospital diseases attacks her patient or not. and There are many burthened with business who always manage to keep a pigeon-hole in their minds, full of things to tell the "invalid.". This is not a question of the taste, or of the wholesomeness of chicory. Close this message to accept cookies or find out how to manage your cookie settings. No, the bed is to be always left in the darkest, dullest, remotest, part of the room. This kind of walling would stand next to paving in improving the health of towns. (1860): by Florence Nightingale Nurse Educ Today. Nursing note samples contain pages with lines and a title that says, “Progress Notes” or “Nursing Notes.” But there is a lot more to these notes. Do you ever go into the bed-rooms of any persons of If I have succeeded in any measure in dispelling this illusion, and in showing what true nursing is, and what it is not, my object will have been answered. True; and how much more impertinent is it to give your advice when you can know nothing about the truth, and admit you could not inquire into it. 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