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To Work in the Garden of God: The Swedish Nursing Association and the Concept of the Calling, 1909–1933

To Work in the Garden of God: The Swedish Nursing Association and the Concept of the Calling,... To Work in the Garden of God The Swedish N ursing Association and the Concept of the Calling, 1909- 1933 AsA ANDcR~sof'. Depanmem of Hisrorical Stud ies/History of Ideas Umea University In May 1909, one ofSweden's lead ing nurses, Sally Peterson, wrote an article about nurses' uniforms in the Svensk sjukskotersketidning o r Swedish Nurses Magazine {SNM). What is we mean ing of the uniform, she asked? Her own answer was rhar rhe un i~orm did nor appea r for practical or hygienic reasons. The dress of the nurses was inspired by rhe nuns, and ar al l rimes uniforms were expressions of different ranks , of outward digniry and inner spirit. She poinred out that simpliciry in dress always was signi~lcant for those who turned their mi nds away from the vaniryof this world and sought to dee pen thei r inner man. Th is, Pererson argued, ought to be rhe case w irh nurses; modesry, nor inAuences from fashion, should characterize a nurse. Peterson further addressed a warning to the reader nor to mix the uniform with modern clothes. What would it look like if a military officer wore parrly u niform, parrly c ivilian dorhes? The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

To Work in the Garden of God: The Swedish Nursing Association and the Concept of the Calling, 1909–1933

Nursing History Review , Volume 10 (1): 17 – Jan 1, 2002

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To Work in the Garden of God The Swedish N ursing Association and the Concept of the Calling, 1909- 1933 AsA ANDcR~sof'. Depanmem of Hisrorical Stud ies/History of Ideas Umea University In May 1909, one ofSweden's lead ing nurses, Sally Peterson, wrote an article about nurses' uniforms in the Svensk sjukskotersketidning o r Swedish Nurses Magazine {SNM). What is we mean ing of the uniform, she asked? Her own answer was rhar rhe un i~orm did nor appea r for practical or hygienic reasons. The dress of the nurses was inspired by rhe nuns, and ar al l rimes uniforms were expressions of different ranks , of outward digniry and inner spirit. She poinred out that simpliciry in dress always was signi~lcant for those who turned their mi nds away from the vaniryof this world and sought to dee pen thei r inner man. Th is, Pererson argued, ought to be rhe case w irh nurses; modesry, nor inAuences from fashion, should characterize a nurse. Peterson further addressed a warning to the reader nor to mix the uniform with modern clothes. What would it look like if a military officer wore parrly u niform, parrly c ivilian dorhes? The

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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