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There is a published letter (below) to a Nurse Lyons, who is probably Mary Lyons (c1841-?), a St Thomas’-trained nurse, who next nursed at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. If the identification is correct, she became the first matron of Masterton Infirmary, which was founded in 1879. Source: Published (undated) letter in Joanna Trollope, Britannia’s Daughters: Women of the British Empire (London: Hutchinson 1983) 95 [after 1879] My dear Nurse Lyons I feel very much interested in your going to New Zealand, very sorry that you have determined on leaving England, but sympathizing in your desire to go to the new country and hoping and trusting that you will, in God’s strength, humbly and steadfastly turn them to account. Remember what Bunyan says: ‘‘Captain Experience’’ was a man very successful in his undertakings.605 May God Almighty, the Father of good nursing as of all good works, be with us all. . . . [ellipse in printed letter] Tell me if there is any medical or surgical book that you would like, and I would gladly send it to you before you leave. My note is short but my wishes and prayers for you are not short. I have been thinking of you all night, but I have so many cares and overworking cares just now that I cannot write more except to say, God bless you, dear Nurse Lyons. Florence Nightingale European Hospitals Sweden Editor: Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing were translated into Swedish in 1861 by Emily Nonnen, who sent Nightingale a copy of her translation. With it went an inquiry about ‘‘hints’’ for setting up a nurse training school.606 A Manchester correspondent of Nightingale’s, John Edward Morgan, reported that the Swedish Notes on Nursing were already having an effect.607 605 John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress. 606 A translation was published in 1861 in Gothenburg (Göteborg), with no name of translator, Om sjuksketsel: hvad den är, och hvad ick är; letter 2 May 1865, Add Mss 45799 ff168-69. 607 Letter to Nightingale 11 November [1865], Add Mss 45799 f166. See also Kerstin Nordendahl, ‘‘Nursing in Sweden,’’ American Journal of Nursing 48,11 (November 1948):694-96. Extending Nightingale Nursing in Hospitals / 443 In 1865 Baroness Sophie Leÿonhufond (also spelled Leyonhafvund), contacted Nightingale, through an intermediary, in regard to a hospital in Stockholm. Leÿonhufond next wrote (directly) that she would take Nightingale’s advice (Nightingale’s letter is missing) and send a probationer to St Thomas’.608 It was in the following year that the first Swedish woman to train at St Thomas’, Emmy Carolina Rappe (1835-1896),609 arrived; she was also the school’s first foreign pupil. Rappe was being prepared to superintend a hospital in Uppsala. She was disappointed to find that the instruction supposed to be part of the training did not exist (the medical instructor had quit giving classes). She later published a statement that there had been no instruction, except that St Thomas’ was a better hospital than the Swedish hospital she knew. Nightingale had ruefully to agree that the advertised instruction was nil. She also realized that the bad report in Sweden had ‘‘deterred a young person, Luise Dell, a nurse, from going over to Manchester to be a nurse in the hospital, from the hospital at Gothenbourg.’’610 Rappe’s complaint was that ‘‘instruction by the R.M.O.’’ [resident medical officer] was promised at St Thomas’,’’ but he, R.G. Whitfield, ‘‘had done nothing,’’ as Nightingale summarized it later in dealing with the crisis at the training school in 1872.611 Nightingale’s mention of Swedish friends, and some information about the country in the letters below, refer to her friendship with Selma Benedicks, a Swedish woman she met when both were in Venice in 1837, which led to a warm correspondence.612 Swedish interest in Nightingale continues, as can be seen by a biography on her, in Swedish, in 2008.613 608 Letter to Nightingale 30 August 1865, Add Mss 45799 f140. 609 While Nightingale’s letters to her were destroyed, Rappe’s letters to Nightingale are safely at the British Library, Add Mss 47759 ff199-244, and published by Bertil Johansson, ed.,‘‘God Bless You, My Dear Miss Nightingale ’’: Letters from Emmy Carolina Rappe to Florence Nightingale 1867-1870. See also Seymer, Florence Nightingale’s Nurses 53. 610 Note [ca. end August 1867], Add Mss 45752 f221. 611 Letter to Henry Bonham Carter 15 May 1872, Florence...

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ISBN
9781554581702
Related ISBN
9780889205208
MARC Record
OCLC
625268199
Pages
950
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-10
Language
English
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