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America's First Trained Nurse: My Life as a Nurse in America, Great Britain and Japan 1872-1911 [Paperback]

Linda Richards


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21 Jan 2006
In 1872, Linda Richards was the first student to enrol in the first class of five nurses in the first American Nurse's training school. This school was run by Dr. Susan Dimock, at the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston. Linda describes her nursing training: "We rose at 5.30 a.m. and left the wards at 9 p.m. to go to our beds, which were in little rooms between the wards. Each nurse took care of her ward of six patients both day and night. Many a time I got up nine times in the night; often I did not get to sleep before the next call came. We had no evenings out, and no hours for study or recreation. Every second week we were off duty one afternoon from two to five o'clock. No monthly allowance was given for three months." Upon graduating one year later, aware of how little she still knew as a nurse, Linda began her quest to acquire more knowledge and then pass this on to others by establishing high quality nurse training schools. As part of her quest, Linda Richards consulted with Florence Nightingale in England, and was a resident visitor in training at St. Thomas's & King's College Hospitals, London, and also the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Returning to the U.S.A. with Miss Nightingale's warmest wishes, Linda Richards did great pioneer work founding and superintending nurse training schools across the nation. She then went onto do the same in Japan. This is Linda Richards' fascinating story.

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5.0 out of 5 stars America's First Trained Nurse: a Review 14 Feb 2007
By Susan Turale - Published on Amazon.com
For anyone interested in the pioneers of nursing history this book is a must read. It poignantly captures the hard life of nursing in its early days but this is clearly overshadowed by the optimism, tenacity and intelligence of Linda King. She was America's first trained nurse, was the leading teacher of the first graduates of nursing in Japan and an innovator in nursing education and administration. As an academic and nurse it is a priviledge for me to know more about this woman through her writings, and it is wonderful to know that the book has been reproduced for future generations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating glimpse into nursing history 14 Mar 2007
By Scribe - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fascinating glimpse into nursing history and this is not a vanity press item as the previous reviewer claims - this is a FAMOUS book by Linda Richards, who was a great American pioneer for nursing and also for women - that has been published several times over the years by a number of differant publishers since the early 1900s!!!

The fact that this is larger print with wider margins than the norm is a plus and not a negative for me as it makes it easier to read. At US9.99 for this genre it is hardly overpriced either...many other nursing history books that are far smaller cost a lot more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but overpriced 5 Mar 2007
By Readz Alot - Published on Amazon.com
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The content of the book was mostly quite interesting, if a bit shallow. However, the print was large, there were wide spaces between the lines ... and I read the thing from cover to cover in less than an hour. Might to better to peruse this one from the library (if you can find a library that carries it -- it is a vanity press item) than to pay for it.
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