By Gerard M. Fealy
In keeping with new study utilizing formerly unpublished resources, this compelling textual content is an in-depth research of the background of nurse schooling in eire, proposing a brand new authoritative account of the background of the conventional process of educating in eire. brought as a part of the reforms of sanatorium nursing within the past due 19th century, apprenticeship nurse education used to be a vocational extension of secondary schooling. dwelling outdoors the mainstream of upper academic provision it supplied nurses with the data and technical talents for ailing nursing, while additionally functioning to socialize them into the position of clinic employee and introduce to them nursing’s price structures. This method of educating supplied a prepared provide of expert, effective, low-cost and dependable staff. In a chronological interval spanning over a century, the booklet strains the advance of contemporary nursing in eire, bringing the hidden function of nurses and nursing to the fore. It analyzes and describes the improvement, provision and slow reform of medical institution nursing, taking into consideration the social, cultural, political and fiscal components that ended in its institution, its continuance, and eventual dying.
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47 Similarly, in their involvement in sick nursing and hospital management, their approach was to resist technical-professional training. 49 However, as far as the Dublin Hospitals Commission was concerned, the Catholic hospitals were decidedly ‘outside the Pale’, inasmuch as they had failed to become involved in the movement for nursing reform; they continued to employ untrained nurses in their hospital wards and they failed to introduce arrangements for the proper training of nurses. The finger of officialdom was now firmly pointing in their direction.
Pim Junior, T. W. Grimshaw, and R. O’B Furlong, the Dean of the Chapel Royal, doctors Evory, Kennedy and Duffey, and Messers D. Drummond and A. 12 The report contained a summary of the Committee’s findings in respect of ‘defects’ that it had identified in the nursing arrangements in the hospitals visited. The report also contained ‘observations and recommendations’. The Committee on Nursing reported that in seven of the fourteen hospitals visited, the nursing arrangements were ‘under the control of persons who have never had any special training for their duties’.
The reasons why the Sisters of Mercy and the Irish Sisters of Charity at St Vincent’s Hospital were among the last to introduce nursing reform into their hospitals were related to a number of factors. Since the Catholic hospitals were not participants in the DHSF movement, they did not come under the sphere of influence of the Fund, and were not directly affected by the imperative to reform hospital nursing that had existed in the wake of the DHSF’s Committee on Nursing report. 46 For the sisters at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital and the Charitable Infirmary, the work of sick nursing was held to be an integral part of what it was to be a Sister of Mercy; sick nursing required a disposition that could not be derived from systematic training alone.
A History of Apprenticeship Nurse Training in Ireland: Bright Faces and Neat Dresses by Gerard M. Fealy