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Nursing Philosophy
A historical and professional perspective on nursing in the 21st century.
# 114440 | 977 words | 9 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Jun 09, 2009 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)

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This paper discusses Joseph Lister's understanding of the importance of asepsis in patient morbidity and mortality and Florence Nightingale's hygienic improvements that dramatically improved the mortality rate. The paper then looks at modern medical institutions where, ironically, aseptic protocols are violated routinely by medical professionals, who allow a loss of professional focus to jeopardize patient health and welfare. The paper also focuses on the need for multiculturalism in holistic nursing and asserts that it should be part and parcel of 21st century nursing education.

Historical Perspective
The Personal Commitment to Quality Patient Care and Excellence in Holistic Nursing
Multiculturalism in Holistic Nursing

From the Paper:

"Without a doubt, the first extraordinarily important new era of medicine began shortly after the close of the American Civil War, with Joseph Lister's introduction of the Germ Theory of disease, because it led directly to the understanding of the critical importance of asepsis in patient morbidity and mortality. However, increasingly aseptic hospital environments had already saved hundreds of thousands of lives in hospitals receiving battlefield casualties toward the end of the war, a full two years before Lister's historic announcement in 1867 (Starr, 1984)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Clark, C., Robinson, T. (2000). Multiculturalism As a Concept in Nursing.Journal of the Black Nurses Association, 11(2), 39-43
  • Miller, A. Chandler, P. (2002). Acculturation, Resilience, and Depression in Midlife Women from the Former Soviet Union. Nursing Research, 51(1), 26-32.
  • Spector, R. (2000). Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness (5th ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • Stanhope, M., Lancaster, J. (2004). Community and Public Health Nursing (6th ed.) St. Louis: Mosby.
  • Starr, P. (1984). The Social Transformation of American Medicine. New York: Basic Books

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