Monday is always my catching up day … catching up on housework, catching up on food shopping, catching up on emails, catching up on work …. Monday never seems to end and when it eventually does I often found that I haven’t caught up on everything that I ought to ! So today, having spent the day running around I decided to take five minutes out to take a look at some of my favourite Twitter hashtags …. one of which is #histnursing and I found this wonderful quoted RT from @RCNlibraries (original tweet via @army_nurses) :
— RCN Libraries (@RCNLibraries) December 7, 2015
— British Army Nurses (@army_nurses) December 6, 2015
I spent a wonderful half an hour reading all about Sister Kate Laurd (who looks very formidable!) It was great to read about her early life and see an old picture of Kings College Hospital (where I worked as a newly qualified nursein the 1990’s) and to read about nursing in the Boer War .. however it was the letters that i found most fascinating of all, a real snapshot into nursing in the 1900’s. One of the letters states
“Today & tomorrow I have got 96 beds, but some are empty & nearly all are convalescent so there is not much to do: one boy is very bad, an orderly. About 50 orderlies have been down with enteric. My M.O. gave me most solemn and earnest warning last night about precautions & avoiding risks. He is a Med. Officer for Health at home & is keener than most on the point.”
96 BEDS !!!! Oh my goodness !! What sort of ratio is that ?? Safe staffing it most definitely is not … however Sister Laurd seems to take it all in her stride. What made me smile the most is how Sister Laurd seemed to make the most out of what she had and just got on with things with a positive attitude.
I do like a little delve into nursing history from time to time and I would have to hugely recommend keeping one eye on #histnursing for some wonderful nursing treasures.