Osburn History In Nursing History

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Modern day nursing in Australia owes its foundation to Ms. Osburn, who was the Lady Superintendent to one of the first nursing teams sent to implement Florence Nightingales standards of nursing in Sydney. Ms. Osburn practiced the standards of nursing current to the day, however despite changes in modern nursing practice and personal failing in some areas, Ms. Osburn would still measure up to twenty first century nursing standards. This is evident by Ms. Osburn’s ability to use health care resources effectively and efficiently to promote optimal nursing and health care in the Sydney Infirmary and Dispensary. As well as her use of evidence based care and implementation of high nursing standards during her career in Australia. Ms. Osburn was also…show more content…
It was during this training that Florence Nightingale received a request from Henry Parkes, in Sydney, for a team of trained nurses able to implement Florence’s nursing standards in the Sydney Infirmary and Dispensary. Florence Nightingale decided that Ms. Osburn, as a middle class woman with nursing training, would be the most appropriate choice to undertake this mission and made her Lady Superintendent (Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1974). Ms. Osburn worked for sixteen years at the Sydney Hospital, implementing many reforms to the nursing structure, hygiene, and facilities. She was eventually successful in implementing Nightingales style of nursing in Australia, before retiring in 1884 (Godden, J. and Forsyth, S.,…show more content…
Osburn spent a large portion of her career in Sydney petitioning for the improvement of facilities at the Sydney Infirmary and Dispensary. On arrival in Sydney Ms. Osburn was dismayed at the dilapidated buildings, the infestations of rats and lice, the unsanitary conditions, and the lack of trained staff (Torney, K (2001). The state of both the buildings and the staff were not in line with the standards set by Florence Nightingale. These standards promoted clean, well ventilated, and properly set out wards, particularly long wards with beds down either side, and trained female nurses (Godden, J. and Forsyth, S., 2001). Ms. Osburn’s attention to improvements is not only in line with Nightingale standards, but also the modern day nursing competency standard ‘7.8 Uses health care resources effectively and efficiently to promote optimal nursing and health care’ (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia [NMBA], 2006, standard 7.8). Ms. Osburn measured up to this modern standard by recognising that the current resources and facilities were unable to support adequate health care. She petitioned those who could make the changes for a better resources to be built. The obstacles Ms. Osburn faced were immense, with many of the coordinators declining to help Ms. Osburn in her push for improvements. However, by the time she retired Ms. Osburn had managed to improve the standards of the facilities and nurses to be in line with the standards applicable to the
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