Florence Nightingale, Barbara Stevens Barnum
It was never even suggested to me, much less necessary, that I study any of Florence Nightingale's original papers during either the Bachelor of Science in Nursing or the Master of Science in Nursing programs that I completed. Even though I have been teaching nursing for more than three decades, I never made it a requirement for my students to study her works. After finishing Florence Nightingale's “Notes on Nursing: What it Is; and What it Is Not,” I am convinced that a nurse's education is incomplete if they do not read at least some of the works that Nightingale, the foundation of modern nursing, penned. It sounds like “Notes on Nursing” might be a great option. This book provides an introduction to holistic health, as well as alternative therapies, home health care, the prevention and maintenance of health, the role of women in nursing and in everyday life, leadership, nursing administration, communication skills, and the relationships between the mind and the body. Her perspective on the utilization of clean air, light, warmth, cleanliness, and quiet, as well as the appropriate choice of diet and its administration, is also thoroughly investigated. – Anita S. Kessler; R.N.; M.S.N.; M.Ed.