Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not

Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not - Florence Nightingale Florence Nightingale's "Notes on Nursing" is the first textbook for modern nursing ever written. Based on Nightingale's experiences nursing during the Crimean War, and written for laypeople and professionals of the time alike, it is a practical guide to sickroom management on issues ranging from diet to ventilation.I read the book as research for a work-in-progress and found it to be surprisingly frank for a book of its time on some issues and more coy on other issues. Overall, it was considered quite revolutionary when initially published and constituted the first standards for nursing as a profession.The book is admittedly dry, as textbooks are wont to be, but I would consider it invaluable reading for readers seeking to know more about medical care during the Victorian era.