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The eight week Nursing 411 course has affected me in a variety of ways. These reasons range from the realization that I need to dedicate more time towards my school work than I am currently able to offer, to realizing that I have forgotten the reasons why I chose to become a nurse in the first place…
Notes on Nursing
Each of these experiences had an impact on me, although in different ways. I had only made my way through a few pages of “Notes on Nursing” when I came across a select few pages of Florence Nightingale’s words that changed the way I thought. Nightingale mentions the five essential steps to securing the health of houses as pure air, pure water, efficient drainage, cleanliness, and sufficient lighting. After that, I felt embarrassed at the fact that I had previously always kept my house closed up due to some of my seasonal allergies. Also, I never opened the blinds to let light in or opened the windows to let fresh air into the house. In the section titled “Ventilation and Warming,” Florence Nightingale stated: “Even in health, people cannot repeatedly breathe in air with impunity, on account of it becoming charged with unwholesome matter from the lungs and skin. In disease, where everything given off from the body is highly noxious and dangerous, not only must there be plenty of ventilation to carry off the effluvia, but everything that the patient passes must be instantly removed because it may be more noxious than even the emanations from the sick”. In response to this new information, my blinds and windows are now opened every day for the benefit of my three year old daughter’s health and also my own. Nightingale continues on by mentioning how nurses leave full urinals and full emesis basins at the bedsides of their patients. ...
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