By Helen M. Sweet
This e-book takes a clean examine group nursing historical past in nice Britain, reading the primarily generalist and coffee profile, domiciliary finish of the pro nursing spectrum through the 20th century. It charts the main major adjustments affecting the nurse’s paintings at the district together with obligatory registration for common nursing, alterations in association, education, stipulations of carrier, and workload. a powerful oral heritage part offers a special perception into the pro pictures of district nursing and the complexities of inter- and intra-professional relationships in addition to into the altering daily operating reviews of the district nurse at ‘grass-roots’ point. Use of oral historical past and documents of person nurses makes an attempt to rectify the tendency of nursing heritage to view nurses as though they have been a homogenous staff of execs, thereby spotting different reports of nurses in numerous areas and environments. The ebook additionally considers the measure of impact 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 vital to a nursing occupation principally composed of girls (throughout a lot of the interval) operating along a principally male-dominated scientific career.
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District nursing, like nursing in general at this time, retained a very diverse range of trained, semitrained and untrained nurses across the class spectrum. This ranged from Queen’s Nurses, some holding multiple qualiﬁcations, through to Registered Nurses and village nursemidwives, and ﬁnally to the unqualiﬁed village handiwomen. Historical Trajectories: Background, c. 1850–1919 23 It is signiﬁcant that at this time a trickle of women were beginning to enter the medical profession, signifying a wider movement both toward reform in the education of women and women aspiring to work in the health professions.
12 In their communities these nurses came under supervision of the Lady Superintendent, in many cases earning their keep by caring for private patients, as was also the case in later secular schemes. 14 District nursing was also provided by the Church Army from 1887, and by the Nursing Sisters of the Poor, a nursing branch of the Little Sisters of the Assumption, but despite numbers of nurses being considerable, they were largely untrained. 15 Nevertheless, their duties, which might now be understood much more as a mix of health guidance, patient advocacy, and counselling, rather than nursing, brought a degree of expertise to the otherwise informal system of self-help that operated in poor communities.
Mary Scharlieb, herself a pioneer woman doctor, was appointed as one of the ﬁrst lecturers to the trainee Queen’s Nurses. The Historical Trajectories: Background, c. 1850–1919 25 QNI was granted a Royal Charter in 188949 and in 1890 Rosalind Paget, niece to Rathbone, was appointed as the ﬁrst Inspector General. Further ﬁnancial support was received at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and following her death in 1901 there was a sharp increase in numbers of DNAs established in the Jubilee year.