Florence Nightingale: The Nightingale School
Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 12
Hardcover 944 pp.
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Although Florence Nightingale is famous as a nurse, her lifetime’s writing on nursing is scarcely known in the profession. Nursing professors tend to “look to the future, not to the past,” and often ignore her or rely on faulty secondary sources.
Nightingale’s work on nursing is now available to scholars and general readers alike through the publication of volumes 12 and 13 in the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale. Volume 12, The Nightingale School, relates the founding of her school at St Thomas’ Hospital and her guidance of its teaching for the rest of her life. Volume 13, Extending Nursing, relates the introduction of professional training and standards outside St Thomas’, beginning with London hospitals and others in Britain, followed by hospitals in Europe, America, Australia and Canada.
As medical knowledge progressed, nursing practice changed and Nightingale with it. Her evolving views on nursing, and on germ theory (typically misrepresented in the literature), are revealed.
In this volume, editor Lynn McDonald brings to light much unknown material on the early years of the school. The crisis of its near breakdown in the early 1870s is covered, followed by the measures Nightingale brought in to improve instruction, including her mentoring relationships with emerging nursing leaders. Nursing historians may be surprised to learn that Nightingale was keeping up on best operating theatre practices in 1898. Struggles with cost-conscious hospital administrators are part of the story, as is the challenge to keep nurses safe at a time when hospitals were dangerous places.
Lynn McDonald, director of the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, is university professor emerita at the University of Guelph. She is an environmentalist, a former member of parliament, a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, and a long-time activist on womens issues. She has an honorary doctorate from York University.
By the same editor
Women Theorists on Society and Politics, Lynn McDonald, editor
Florence Nightingale at First Hand, Lynn McDonald
Florence Nightingale’s European Travels: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 7, Lynn McDonald, editor
Florence Nightingale on Health in India: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 9, Gérard Vallée, editor
Florence Nightingale: Extending Nursing: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 13, Lynn McDonald, editor
Florence Nightingale: The Crimean War: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 14, Lynn McDonald, editor
Florence Nightingale and Hospital Reform, Lynn McDonald, editor