By Sue Hawkins
This ebook provides a brand new exam of Victorian nurses which demanding situations commonly-held assumptions approximately their personality and motivation. 19th century nursing heritage has, previously, centred nearly solely on nurse leaders, at the improvement of nursing as a career and the politics surrounding registration. This emphasis on huge issues, and reliance at the writings of nursing’s top stratum, has ended in nursing heritage being plagued by stereotypes. This e-book is likely one of the first makes an attempt to appreciate, intimately, the real nature of Victorian nursing at flooring point. Uniquely, the research perspectives nursing via an monetary lens, instead of the extra ordinary vocational concentration. Nursing is positioned within the wider context of women’s position in British society, and the altering clients for woman employment within the excessive Victorian interval. utilizing St George’s health center, London as a case research, the booklet 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 information 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 way of heart classification ladies. Nursing was once a melting pot of social periods, with promoting and chance prolonged to all girls at the foundation of advantage on my own. This pioneering paintings will curiosity scholars and researchers in nursing background, the social and cultural background of Victorian England and women’s reports.