The Social Construction of Community Nursing by Anne Kelly, Anthea Symonds

By Anne Kelly, Anthea Symonds

At a time of significant switch, the strikes in the direction of a chief healthcare led NHS are hard nurses to reconsider their roles, business enterprise and technique. This ebook combines an research of rules that have formed group nursing from the nineteenth century with an exploration of traits and advancements. Illustrated all through with examples of responses to modern rules, this name will be precious for all group nurses, either working towards and pupil, in addition to for coverage makers and sociologists.

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But the influence of the science of psychology as an explanation of individual and social behaviour was to have great significance to new models of social organisation and welfare. As we shall see, the professionalisation and reorganisation of other branches of community nursing was Public Health and Social Order 27 also affected by ideas of science and rationality and practice was to reflect the impact of the new science of psychology. Health policies, the state and professional nursing The war had two main effects on the organisation of health care to the public; the setting up of a distinct government Ministry of Health in 1919, and the state professionalisation of nursing.

Surveys on the lives of poor families illustrated the sheer grinding day-to-day poverty which especially affected the health of women and children (Pember Reeves 1913). But as state intervention in the field of health insurance and access to service provision grew in the early years of the twentieth century, the main target was that of the male breadwinner. The health and well-being of women and children tended to be the concern of public health measures, the education system and intervention by community-based nursing.

The number of asylums in England and Wales increased from 24 in 1850 to 66 by 1890, and the average number of patients from 297 in 1850 to 802 by 1890 (Scull 1993:281). Carpenter (1980), describes them as ‘custodial dumps’ in that their purpose was ‘to legitimate further the custodial warehousing of these, the most difficult and problematic elements of the disreputable poor’ (Scull 1979:219). It was to manage and control the inmates of these ‘warehouses’ that asylum nursing was constructed. From its inception, asylum nursing was dominated by working-class males who were called ‘keepers’ or ‘attendants’ rather than ‘nurse’ which denoted a female ‘calling’.

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