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Personalities, Preferences and Practicalities: Educating Nurses in Wound Sepsis in the British Hospital, 1870 – 1920

Jones, Claire L, Dupree, Marguerite, Hutchison, Iain, Gardiner, Susan, Rafferty, Anne Marie (2018) Personalities, Preferences and Practicalities: Educating Nurses in Wound Sepsis in the British Hospital, 1870 – 1920. Social History of Medicine, 31 (3). pp. 577-604. ISSN 0951-631X. E-ISSN 1477-4666. (doi:10.1093/shm/hkx016) (KAR id:60234)

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Abstract

The history of nursing education has often been portrayed as the subordination of nursing to medicine. Yet, as scholars are increasingly acknowledging, the professional boundaries between medicine and nursing were fluid in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when both scientific knowledge and systems of nurse training were in flux. Through its focus on the role of medical practitioners in educating nurses in wound sepsis at four British hospitals between 1870 and 1920, this article attempts to further unite histories of medicine and nursing. It demonstrates that, in this period of uncertainty, the ideas and practices relating to antisepsis, asepsis and bacteriology disseminated to nursing probationers depended on the individual instructor. In demonstrating the localised nature of nursing education, this article argues that further analyses of clinical problems like wound sepsis may enable historians to more clearly identify the importance of professional collaboration within the hospital.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/shm/hkx016
Uncontrolled keywords: nursing; education; asepsis; antisepsis; bacteriology; surgery
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Claire Jones
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2017 12:16 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 16:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60234 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Jones, Claire L: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3228-3987
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