Thursday 1 July 2010

Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale

Official Blurb

Notes on Nursing was published in 1859 and is a fascinating view into the theories underpinning the early development of modern nursing and public health reform by "the Lady with the Lamp", Florence Nightingale. Emphasising common sense and thought for the patient's care in many more ways than just administering physician-prescribed medicines, this is still a very relevant book for those interested in health or caring for the sick and infirm today.

My Review

This was a facinating book to listen to. As you listen to the excellent reading the forthrightness and character of the author comes through. After listening to this no nonsence guide to basic nursing you really get the idea of how insistant and demanding this woman must have been. I was left wondering if she was always like that, or her war time experience made her that way.

Florence tells us through this book, how to care for the sick, how a nurse must pay attention to the patients condition, what they eat, how they eat, how rooms should be aired. She repeats lessons that are both basic and neccesary, but apparently so often overlooked by nurses of the time. I particularly liked her attitude to taking direction from Doctors.

The lessons are presented in an easy to listen to style, full of anecdotes and plain speaking that never bores the listener.

If you have any interest in the authors position in history, or simply in nursing, then I think you'll find this as facinating as I.

The reader was perfect for the book, you can easily believe that Florence is speaking to you!

Reading 3/3
Production 2/3
Story 2/3

Total Score 7/9

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