Public health in history - Public health reform and the emergence of school nursing

Wright, Jane (2011) Public health in history - Public health reform and the emergence of school nursing. British Journal of School Nursing, 6 (6). pp. 304-305. ISSN 1752-2803

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School nursing has changed dramatically since its inception more than 100 years ago. Practices designed to improve public health date back many centuries, and, the development of school nursing has been closely linked to developments in public health during the later part of the 19th and early-20th centuries. It was the Victorian Era, from 1837 to 1901, that is notable for the formalization of public health practices. The efforts of social reformers such as Sir Edwin Chadwick and John Snow, along with huge advances in science and medicine during this period, set the scene for the development of nursing as a profession, including health visitors and school nurses. During this time, the impact of the industrial revolution on the population—in particular widespread urban poverty and consequent ill health— was fully realised. The belief that society has a collective social responsibility for its members became more widely held, and the focus widened from curative, medical practices to include the causes of disease and how to prevent ill health, both collectively and individually.

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