I found a magazine published by Johns Hopkins saying that a big step in the future of nursing with be the education level of all nurses. They describe nursing as a fractured profession. The fracture being the difference between nurses with a baccalaureate or just an associates degree. As it stands today only 50 percent of all nurses have a baccalaureate. They estimate that by 2020, 80 percent of all nurses will have a bachelors degree. This can only men good things for the nursing community. Knowledge is power.
Today nursing has come a long way. Once though as job for the very poor, today nursing is flourishing. We are for the first time now seeing advanced nursing care givers who are just as qualified to diagnose and treat patients as doctors are. These advanced nursing care givers are known as Nurse Practitioners. They go through at least a masters program to specialize in primary health care giving. Another Field or nursing that has opened up is anesthesia. Nurses can now get a license to pass gas:) these nurses are known as Nurse Anesthetist or CRNA’s People are finally starting to see the benefits nurses can bring to the community.
Nursing really starts to take on a recognizable shape during this time. Sure nurses may have had to do things a little differently still it only makes them that more bad ass. There were no pre mixed medicine back then, and no automatic dispensers either. So every nurse have to hand measure every dose of medicine individually. New nurses worked the “off hours” (3-11 pm and 11pm-7am) until they proved them self’s capable to work the esteemed 7am-3pm shifts. It was also standard practice for nurses to give up there seat to any MD in the room.
Sounds like they were victims of there time but yet they managed to help turn nursing into what it is today.
I found an article about nurses during World War 2. The nurses during this war worked closer to the front lines then any women sanctioned by the U.S government ever. The worked under fire at field hospitals and evac stations. These women came under common illnesses due to the lack of supplies. Some where taken prisoner, and some were killed in the line of duty. After D- Day however, the army re-evaluated the nursing status and changed there “relative” rank to a full commission. These women did extraordinary things. If it weren’t for them nursing would be nothing like today.
I read a very interesting article about how the great depression changed nursing. Before the great depression the majority of nurses worked in private practices. Which meant there were hired by patients or there patients family to take care of an individual. The nurse would typically care for the person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the person recovered from there illness. However, once the great depression hit people could no longer afford to hire personal nurses. This forced nurses to go work at hospitals. If the nurse was lucky they made 15 dollars a month. most of whom worked 12 hour shifts 6-7 hours a day. Its great to see that labor and wage laws have now been emplaced. that just sounds awful. but it forever changed the path on which nursing took.
This week I had the pleasure of reading a few things about the horrors of World War I. First off because of the nature of the fighting in the War “Trench warfare” Most wounds were very deep and punctured multiple organs. Also Trenches were extremely unsanitary. Men lived, ate, slept, defecated and died in the trenched. So infection was rampant.
Because of the great need for nurses and doctors in the war, it caused an enormous demand for civilian nurses and doctors. Times got so desperate that people (Mainly women) who were deemed “qualified” would receive a nursing license after one month of training. They became nurses, however they could only take cases appointed to them by real doctors and nurses. They could not take there own on.
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.