During tis time frame of nursing people really start to put into motion of training nurses. The term “Registered Nurse” Comes from this Time period. Because all new nurses had to become registered with the state. However They were not treated very well. Nurses had to apply to strict protocol that restricted them from doing their hair or having any fun. They also had to work 13 hours a day 6 days a week…. Sounds exhausting… I am glad we have moved past this. But I am grateful to all the people who made it possible to change.
During this time period we start to see the emergence of what modern day nursing is all about. After Florence nightingales push (among others) people initially started to recognize the importance of nursing. Countries such as France started to move toward secularism in the medical field. The first few hospitals in the world finally opened for nursing. People could start receiving formal training in correct procedures instead of learning on the go. Sanitation was a huge step taken during this time frame.
This week I learned a lot about the women who was Florence nightingale. It astonished me how little I knew about her to begin with. She came from a wealthy family in Florence. All of her life she was unsatisfied with the role o women in the Victorian age and despised most of the members of her sex. She aspired to be a nurse and not just a house wife. in her thirties she went with a group of nurses to a medical hospital for the wounded soldiers of the Crimean war. Due to terrible conditions more then have of all her patients died. They were better off on the front line tent hospitals. She was not this angle of mercy everyone has been told to believe. However she did change the role of women in nursing forever. She helped people to realize the importance of personal and public cleanliness as well as helped people to realize that women can be great nurses too.
This week I read an interesting article abut the affects of higher learning of medical health care and religion. as we know most health care providers pre 1800 were local religious leaders, Priests nuns etc. How ever as we the human race began to move past the enlightenment era we began to relies the importance of training our health care providers. we started to require licenses for those who wanted to treat the sick. This did not go over very well in the secular communities. priests and other religious leaders no longer had the freedom to treat the sick. and those who went to school for it usually had a hard time because most of what they learned contradicts there believes. (not directly but it forced them to open there minds to the world and not just have blind faith.) this was a crucial turning point in the care of humans. sense we no longer had uneducated fairy fearing (god fearing) people treating the sick it aloud us to actually start treating people instead of just thinking its gods curse for there evil.
During this Time women really for the first time took over the roles of nursing. Prior to this time most if not all of the practitioners in the world were men. Most of these early women were Nuns or wet nurses. I read about a particular group of nuns known as the Daughters of the holy spirit. These nuns were on of the firs organizations that was designed to help common people with health related issues, that was more then just common voodoo. Wet nurses took the role of all issues related to women giving birth. They usually helped during the birthing process and then were paid by wealthy family’s to nurse the baby to adulthood.
Women play a very important part of nursing today. It is a female dominated procession. It is interesting to see that it wasn’t always that way until more recently.
I learn a few new things about this period from the readings, such as that there were a group of Knights known as the Knights Hospitallers who actually came before the Knights Templar. there emphasis was on the treatment of the sick. Not the militant actions of the Knights Templars.
Another thing I learn that most care given at this time was only palliative care. medicine wasn’t very advanced so most treatment was to make the dying comfortable. Hospitals were known as death houses. Only the rich were able to afford care from nurses however these nurses were mostly just servants in the rich persons house hold.
The things I have learned about early nursing makes me appreciate how far we have come as nurses. How much the job has changed. today we prevent illness vs only cleaning up after it. It is good to know where we come from.
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