Florence Nightingale and Hospital Reform by Lynn McDonald download in iPad, ePub, pdf
The Dickens character Sarah Gamp, who was more interested in drinking gin than looking after her patients, was only a mild exaggeration. Instead of passively recording her observations on the setbacks in Scutari, Nightingale sought to find the causes for each one. She collected data, utilized statistics and, with the help of the British government, made vast improvements in health care delivery. The position proved challenging as Nightingale grappled with a cholera outbreak and unsanitary conditions conducive to the rapid spread of the disease.
Her team found that poor care for wounded soldiers was being delivered by overworked medical staff in the face of official indifference. She told her parents that she wanted to be a nurse. As Nightingale demonstrated, statistics provided an organized way of learning and lead to improvements in medical and surgical practices.
She was an innovator in the collection, tabulation, interpretation, and graphical display of descriptive statistics. Respecting her last wishes, her relatives turned down a national funeral. Nightingale was most unimpressed with the poor record-keeping system at Scutari. The no-nonsense Nightingale quickly set to work. The Commission, headed by Dr.
The hospital sat on top of a large cesspool, which contaminated the water and the hospital building itself. She established a laundry so that patients would have clean linens. The work features nine panels, of the original ten, depicting scenes of hospital life, Derby townscapes and Nightingale herself. Nightingale gets a full chapter, but instead of debunking her, Strachey praised her in a way that raised her national reputation and made her an icon for English feminists of the s and s.
Yet the real God is far more merciful than any human creature ever was or can ever imagine. At the time, there were no female nurses stationed at hospitals in the Crimea. She also campaigned and raised funds for the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital in Aylesbury near her sister's home, Claydon House. This experience influenced her later career, when she advocated sanitary living conditions as of great importance.
In fact, her parents forbade her to pursue nursing. Her writings on Egypt in particular are testimony to her learning, literary skill and philosophy of life. The hard work took a toll on her health.
Florence was stubborn, opinionated and forthright but she had to be those things in order to achieve all that she did. This is the centennial of her death.
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