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23. Serre Noud,
134 134 135 143
194 195 196
204 206 206
51. Chadwick's Gynæcological Table,
240 245 246
267 “ So kind, so duteous, diligent, So tender over (her) occasions, true, So feat, so nurse-like!”
SHAKESPEARE's Cymbeline, IV, 5.
“ Ask God to give thee skill in comfort's art
That thou mayst consecrated be and set apart
DISEASES OF WOMEN.
THE SURGICAL NURSE.
“A perfect nurse," says the surgeon, J. Grieg QualificaSmith, in his celebrated work on Abdominal Sur-tions for gery, “is a perfect woman, rarely to be had.” There are possibilities of perfection, however, in every human being of average health and ability. Both men and women fail oftener in attaining a high degree of excellence in character and work from indolence rather than incompetency.
Energy of will — self-originating force — is the soul of every great character. Where it is, there is life ; where it is not, there is faintness, helplessness, and despondency.” Energy of will is largely a
Necessity for training.
matter of self-discipline, and it is one of the first requisites to success in nursing as in other professions.
A serene, sunny disposition is another important qualification in a good nurse, for it serves to produce an atmosphere of quiet content in the sickroom which conduces greatly to the comfort and well-being of the patient, as of all concerned.
Self-forgetfulness, sympathy, cheerfulness, patience, tact, quickness of observation, method and skill in action, implicit obedience and loyalty to her physician—all of which are so essential to the good nurse—are the fruit of long and careful self-discipline combined with practical experience.
The surgical nurse should be habituated to the sight of blood. She should be strong-nerved and of steady hand. Sudden emergencies should not throw her off her guard. Thorough training and a knowledge of the conditions which may demand prompt action on her part will enable her to attain the necessary self-possession. Knowledge gives courage. Skill is gained by practice. For the acquirement of knowledge and skill it is essential that the surgical nurse should have a course of training in the wards of a hospital where considerable surgical work is done.
So much does the success of a surgeon's work depend upon the nurse that extreme care should