Discipline of Nursing

Three-time Knowledge

Discipline of Nursing

Michel Nadot, School of Health Sciences Fribourg, Switzerland

ISBN : 9781786304292

Publication Date : February 2021

Hardcover 302 pp

165.00 USD



Nursing students’ access to higher education does not mark the beginning of basic scientific research into this discipline, and it is now a struggle for this fact to remain visible.

Prejudices, misrepresentations and myths mislead nurses about the origins of nursing knowledge. Discipline of Nursing allows us to compare significant nursing figures: Florence Nightingale (Great Britain) and her equally valuable counterpart Valérie de Gasparin-Boissier (Switzerland). The two distinct training models proposed by these illustrious women have retained their relevance into the 21st Century since as early as 1859.

The discipline of nursing seems to be arranged in almost geological layers of knowledge that we can distinguish by studying the traditions of nursing language. This book aims to provide a better understanding of the nature of services provided by nurses worldwide.


Part 1. Lay Knowledge
1. Role of History.
2. The Hospital as a Place to Talk.
3. Care Before 1850.
4. Practices and Knowledge.
5. A Return to Image: Minion Syndrome.

Part 2. Protodisciplinary Knowledge
6. From Hospital-School to School-Hospital.
7. The Advent of Medical Writing.
8. Towards Higher Education.
9. A Return to Image: The Shaping of Knowledge.

Part 3. Scientific Knowledge
10. Nursing Sciences?
11. The Construction of the Discipline.
12. Identity and Discipline.
13. A Return to Image: “WhereDoWeGoNow”?

About the authors/editors

Michel Nadot holds a doctorate in nursing and is a Professor of the history and epistemology of nursing at the School of Health Sciences Fribourg, Switzerland. He was previously in charge of scientific research and development at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland.