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Entering the Professional Domain: The Making of the Modern Nurse in 17th Century France

Entering the Professional Domain: The Making of the Modern Nurse in 17th Century France Entering the Professional Domain The Making of the Modern Nurse in 17th Century France SIOBAN NELSON School of Postgraduate Nursing Universiry of Melbourne The Care of the Sick-Good Work by Good Women Professional nursing has a hiliar history to us all. The nineteenth-century reformers, womm such as Florence Nightinple and Annette Fiske, implcmentcd a vision. It was a vision that brought together fernale indusrry, respectability and piety. The new nurses introduced order to the chaotic hospitals of old and established the new hospitals as pristine palaces of morality and discipline. The religious predilections and elitisr assumptions of thwe reformers, as hey strove to improve the women who enrolled to train as nurscs, have been rhe subjea of vigorous (and sometimes Whiggish) critique by nursing scholars.' But this essay does not concern itself with the achievements of the astoundingly successful nineteenth-century founders of modern nursing. Nei- ther is it about the debate between hagiography and critique that so much scholarship of nincteenth-ccntury nursing Mls victim to? Rather, my interest is to explore what it is that the heroic late-nineteenth-century story obscures. I wish to examine what I term the "pious professiomlism" of a much earlier, but no less modern group http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Entering the Professional Domain: The Making of the Modern Nurse in 17th Century France

Nursing History Review , Volume 7 (1): 17 – Jan 1, 1999

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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.7.1.171
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Entering the Professional Domain The Making of the Modern Nurse in 17th Century France SIOBAN NELSON School of Postgraduate Nursing Universiry of Melbourne The Care of the Sick-Good Work by Good Women Professional nursing has a hiliar history to us all. The nineteenth-century reformers, womm such as Florence Nightinple and Annette Fiske, implcmentcd a vision. It was a vision that brought together fernale indusrry, respectability and piety. The new nurses introduced order to the chaotic hospitals of old and established the new hospitals as pristine palaces of morality and discipline. The religious predilections and elitisr assumptions of thwe reformers, as hey strove to improve the women who enrolled to train as nurscs, have been rhe subjea of vigorous (and sometimes Whiggish) critique by nursing scholars.' But this essay does not concern itself with the achievements of the astoundingly successful nineteenth-century founders of modern nursing. Nei- ther is it about the debate between hagiography and critique that so much scholarship of nincteenth-ccntury nursing Mls victim to? Rather, my interest is to explore what it is that the heroic late-nineteenth-century story obscures. I wish to examine what I term the "pious professiomlism" of a much earlier, but no less modern group

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1999

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