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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (June 1 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048622340X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486223407
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 13.5 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Florence Nightingale was the pioneering female nurse who was responsible for the bettering of conditions in the hospitals of the Crimea, during the war with Russia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Davis on Aug. 8 2001
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Florence Nightingale was the first "modern" nurse. Her methods were revolutionary in her time, and they form the basis for the techniques of patient management that have been taught ever since. This volume is a great overview, in her own words, of her ideas on care, cleanliness, and the nursing process in general. Her directives are widely applicable today. Anyone interested in the healthcare process, nursing, or notable women in history would do well to read this little volume. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10 1999
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Much of what Florence Nightengale is still pertinet today when you get back to the basics of nursing. Excellent commentaries by various authors at the beginning of the book provide insights on how Nightengale's thoughts and theories apply to modern nursing.
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Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing Nov. 8 2011
By P. Keadle - Published on Amazon.com
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First I am an RN (an OLD RN) and to me modern Nursing began with Miss Nightingale. Prior to her works hospitals were a place to be feared. Nurses were women who were paid in Port Wine and worked 20 hour days carrying slop buckets and then delivering meal trays or changing bandages. Miss Nightingale along with Dr Ignaz Semmelweis on th emedical side,brought the simple idea of cleanliness equals health to the public. The simple act of hand washing and circulating air by opening windows made dramatic changes in a patient's chance of survival. Prior to that era doctors would go from autopsy to surgery to office hours and never wash their hands or change their bloody coat. (That's just nasty isn't it?)

Now the younger Nurses I know say Miss Nightingale was old fashioned and something of a prude as it came to what a Nurse is. Well maybe so, but if it had not been for someone beginning a school to educate Professional Nurses there would not BE the career/calling/occupation of A NURSE for the past century or more. We don't wear aprons, don't wear caps, don't salute the doctors, but we DO make all the difference in patient care. Thank you Miss Nightingale for being A NURSE!

I downloaded this as a free book, but just as well would have paid for a hard copy as it is a classic beauty in my opinion.
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Must-read for any nurse or aspiring nurse. Dec 8 2006
By mariel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nursing is a vocation; not "just a job." Miss Nightingale knew this, and this book reflects this philosophy. Nursing-schools, many years ago, designed the curriculum--and educated the aspiring nurses--with this in mind. Sadly, many present-day nurses (and nursing-schools) have lost this ideal...and the state of affairs in nursing bears this out.

If you're seriously considering nursing--or are a nurse who is "burned out," read this book. It will enlighten and edify you.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reference March 10 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Much of what Florence Nightengale is still pertinet today when you get back to the basics of nursing. Excellent commentaries by various authors at the beginning of the book provide insights on how Nightengale's thoughts and theories apply to modern nursing.
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The original nursing textbook Aug. 8 2001
By R. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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Florence Nightingale was the first "modern" nurse. Her methods were revolutionary in her time, and they form the basis for the techniques of patient management that have been taught ever since. This volume is a great overview, in her own words, of her ideas on care, cleanliness, and the nursing process in general. Her directives are widely applicable today. Anyone interested in the healthcare process, nursing, or notable women in history would do well to read this little volume. Highly recommended.
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All Healthcare Should Be Required to Read Dec 1 2005
By wilmadane - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book that should be a required reading for anyone working in or around the healthcare field. It is a sad reminder of how little we have done to maintain her work ethics,especially, in regards to cleanliness ,ventilation, and wholistic treatment of the infirm.

Nightingale has a certain " tongue in cheek" way of speaking in parts of this book. She suffered no ignorance nor laziness.

It is striking to me how people of this modern age think their thoughts are so "cutting edge" and "innovative". Read this book and you will see Florence was thinking it long before they thought it. She speaks of the implications a certain painting might have on an ill person viewing it day in and day out as well as every other detail affecting the sick person. As a nurse,I am in awe of her;and, as a nurse, I see how much we have failed her in modern hospitals and healthcare systems.

I recommend this book to everyone: young/old, and all backgrounds.


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