Florence Nightingale at First Hand: Vision, Power, Legacy by Lynn McDonald

By Lynn McDonald

Florence Nightingale is among the most renowned figures in sleek historical past. but a lot of what we all know of her emanates from unreliable second-hand money owed, and from a misreading of the first sources.

Florence Nightingale at the beginning Hand via Lynn McDonald, editor of Nightingale's Collected Works, and the world's leading Nightingale authority, goals to place this correct. it is a ebook which reviews what Florence Nightingale stated and did, according to her writing, of which a major volume survives, scattered in over 200 information in the course of the global.

Published to commemorate the centenary of Nightingale's loss of life, McDonald's examine offers a Florence Nightingale for the twenty-first century, as an writer of significant sort and wit, a structures philosopher and pioneering public health and wellbeing reformer - the heroine and nurse have been merely the start.

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O Consult experts on it, practitioners who use the material. O Test the questionnaire before sending it out. O After writing up the results of the research, send out a draft or proofs to experts for vetting before publication. All the while Nightingale’s faith was energizing the process of research and reform. That she could conceive of health care as a system owes 30 F L O R E N C E N I G H T I N G A L E AT F I R S T HA N D much to her conceptualization of God as the all-good Creator who runs the world by laws, capable of discovery by research.

We can predict an eclipse, and both predict and influence social events. ’5 Nightingale’s education included little natural science and she had to plead for some mathematics to be added to her instruction. Mathematics was not considered necessary for girls, and perhaps outside her classically educated father’s area of expertise in any event. Her father did take her to a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Oxford University in 1847, shortly after the discovery of the planet Neptune.

Government, however, should be used to solve great social problems that could not be dealt with otherwise. Whether or not it should be called on, and what level of government, were matters for considered judgement. ‘Above all it is governments which dispose of life. ’ Ever practical and cost-conscious, Nightingale recommended that all government programmes be subjected to evaluation: ‘A government in modifying its laws, especially its financial laws, should collect with care documents to prove, at a future state, whether the results obtained have answered their expectation.

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