Nursing and Women's Labour in the Nineteenth Century: The by Sue Hawkins

By Sue Hawkins

This booklet offers a brand new exam of Victorian nurses which demanding situations commonly-held assumptions approximately their personality and motivation. 19th century nursing historical past has, earlier, centred virtually completely on nurse leaders, at the improvement of nursing as a career and the politics surrounding registration. This emphasis on vast subject matters, and reliance at the writings of nursing’s higher stratum, has ended in nursing background being plagued by stereotypes. This booklet is among the first makes an attempt to appreciate, intimately, the real nature of Victorian nursing at floor point. Uniquely, the research perspectives nursing via an fiscal lens, in place of the extra ordinary vocational concentration. Nursing is put within the wider context of women’s function in British society, and the altering clients for girl employment within the excessive Victorian interval. utilizing St George’s medical institution, London as a case learn, the ebook explores the evolution of nurse recruitment, education, stipulations of employment and occupation improvement within the moment half the 19th century. Pioneering prosopographical strategies, which mixed archival fabric with census info to create a database of named nurses, have enabled the new release – for the 1st time – of biographies of standard nurses. Sue Hawkins’ findings belie the image of nursing as a career ruled by means of center type ladies. Nursing used to be a melting pot of social periods, with promoting and chance prolonged to all girls at the foundation of benefit by myself. This pioneering paintings will curiosity scholars and researchers in nursing heritage, the social and cultural historical past of Victorian England and women’s stories.

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This focus on discipline and morality was not restricted to nursing. Discipline, essential for the maintenance of respectability, was the corner- The search for self-esteem 25 stone for all new communities of women which arose in the second half of the nineteenth century (Vicinus 1985). In hospitals, though, discipline reached new heights. Strict codes of conduct and a complex etiquette for managing relationships evolved to a much higher degree than in most other organizations which opened their doors to women (Vicinus 1985).

Instead, the presence of middle-­class nurses was justified as an extension of 22 The search for self-esteem ­ hilanthropic visitation; and ladies’ committees were used as a precedent p for their acceptance. By extending the boundaries of the private sphere, middle-­class women could assume the mantle of ‘mother’ to the hospital’s patients, infantilizing the inmates and effectively rendering contact between male patient and female nurse non-­sexual (Prochaska 1980). Nightingale, who used this image repeatedly, also emphasized the importance of an unblemished character and the need for moral strength.

Christopher Maggs has argued that historians have focused too much on contemporary accounts of nursing in magazines and nursing handbooks in forming conclusions of its ‘gentrification’, ignoring (or overlooking) the actuality at the local level. He claims that, far from representing reality, the ‘ideal nurse’ was merely a tool, used by nurse leaders to assimilate the characteristics of ‘ladies’ into a new image for the emerging profession. While a small number of middle-­class women (and a handful of low-­ranking members of the aristocracy) became nurses, they were numerically insignifi­ cant (Maggs 1980).

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