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Who cared for the carers?: A history of the occupational health of nurses, 1880-1948

Debbie Palmer


This book compares the histories of psychiatric and voluntary hospital nurses’ health from the rise of the professional nurse in 1880 to the advent of the National Health Service in 1948. In the process it reveals the ways national ideas about the organisation of nursing impacted on the lives of ordinary nurses. It explains why the management of nurses’ health changed over time and between places and sets these changes within a wider context of social, political and economic history. High rates of sickness absence in the nursing profession attract increasing criticism. Nurses took more days o ... More

Keywords: History of nursing, Occupational health, Professionalisation of nursing, The London Hospital, The Cornwall Lunatic Asylum, The South Devon and East Cornwall Hospital

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719090875
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090875.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debbie Palmer, author