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“A Real Tone”: Professionalizing Nursing in Nineteenth-Century London

“A Real Tone”: Professionalizing Nursing in Nineteenth-Century London " A Real Tone": Pro fessionalizing N ursing in N ineteenth-Century London CAROl. H t: J.MS J'i\IHER University of Toronto Introduction In 1861, Louisa Twining wrote a small pamphlet urging young women to consider nursing as an occupation. Born in 1820, as was Florence Nightingale, Twining was a member of rhc famous tea-importing fami ly. Best known fo r her wo rk wi th Poo r Law nursing and industrial schools for girls, she was also imerested in hosp ital nursing and followed the nursing reforms ofSc John 's House and the Nightingale School closely. In rhe 1860s she established a training school of her own in connection with the M iddlesex Hospital. It was only recently, Twin ing exp lained, that people had come ro understand t hac hospital nurses needed to be trained. Most nurses took up the work out of necessity and were unrrained , unreliable, and UJlttusrworthy. Nurses were almost without exception working-class women and, because their work was so hard an d so unpleasa m. drinking was considered a necessary component of the job, when in Twining's opinion the most important requirement was ro be a good Christian woman. ~ '' A very high http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

“A Real Tone”: Professionalizing Nursing in Nineteenth-Century London

Nursing History Review , Volume 11 (1): 28 – Jan 1, 2003

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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" A Real Tone": Pro fessionalizing N ursing in N ineteenth-Century London CAROl. H t: J.MS J'i\IHER University of Toronto Introduction In 1861, Louisa Twining wrote a small pamphlet urging young women to consider nursing as an occupation. Born in 1820, as was Florence Nightingale, Twining was a member of rhc famous tea-importing fami ly. Best known fo r her wo rk wi th Poo r Law nursing and industrial schools for girls, she was also imerested in hosp ital nursing and followed the nursing reforms ofSc John 's House and the Nightingale School closely. In rhe 1860s she established a training school of her own in connection with the M iddlesex Hospital. It was only recently, Twin ing exp lained, that people had come ro understand t hac hospital nurses needed to be trained. Most nurses took up the work out of necessity and were unrrained , unreliable, and UJlttusrworthy. Nurses were almost without exception working-class women and, because their work was so hard an d so unpleasa m. drinking was considered a necessary component of the job, when in Twining's opinion the most important requirement was ro be a good Christian woman. ~ '' A very high

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2003

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