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Notes on Nursing

A Guide for Today's Caregivers

Florence Nightingale wrote 'Notes on Nursing' for caregivers in the home and it is remarkable how much of the original remains relevant today. This modern edition aims to complement the work of Florence Nightingale, extending her reach to new generations committed to caring for the people they love. The International Council of Nurses and the Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF) have prepared this modern edition of the Notes 150 years after its original publication, to mark FNIF’s 75th anniversary.

• All individuals who have responsibility for the care of a patient in the home
• Organizations which work with or support the efforts of caregivers in the home

Paperback, 200 Pages

Published: May 2009

Imprint: Baillière Tindall

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3423-7


  • Introduction

    1. The background to Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing

    The ‘lady of the lamp’

    The vocation of Florence Nightingale

    A systematic approach to providing care

    Changes in the understanding of disease

    2. Health of houses

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    Preparing the house

    The bedroom

    The bathroom

    Medical equipment

    A home first-aid kit

    3. Petty management

    Developing a plan of care

    An example of a plan of care

    Working with physicians, nurses and other health professionals

    Keeping records

    Researching the patient’s illness or condition



    Exercise and fitness


    Helping the patient with respiration

    Travelling with the patient

    4. Food

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    Helping the patient with eating and drinking

    5. Bed and Bedding

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    Helping the patient rest and sleep

    Pressure sores

    6. Cleanliness

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    Helping the patient keep their body clean and well groomed

    Helping the patient with elimination

    Cleanliness and infections

    7. Chattering hopes and advices

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    Fundamental needs

    Helping the patient with selection of clothing, with dressing and undressing

    Helping the patient communicate with others to express needs and feelings

    Helping the patient with work or productive occupation

    Helping the patient with recreational activities

    8. Observation of the sick

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    Mood and behaviour



    Chest and abdomen



    How to communicate observations to a physician or nurse

    When to call for help

    Planning for a crisis

    The patient who has fallen

    9. Caring for the carer

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    The difficulties of caring and giving care

    The health of a care giver: how to manage physical strain and stress


    Effective communication

    Respite care

    Caring for a patient who is terminally ill

    The death of a patient

    Grieving a loss

    10. Health literacy for caregivers

    Knowledge of the laws of health

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    Speaking and listening skills

    Health literacy and health outcomes

    Sources of information for the care giver

    Where is the information?

    The types of support services that may be available in your community

    Assistive devices

    Care giver support groups

    Legal advice


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