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Module 1: Nursing Traditions

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Three nursing traditions have influenced nursing practice and education in Europe; The Catholic Tradition, The Deaconess Tradition and The British Nursing Tradition - often called the Nightingale Tradition.

We have chosen to present them as three separate traditions even though they hardly are separable.  The first nursing schools in Europe were established upon a combination of knowledge and competence from all traditions.

The module also highlights aspects with the European society in which modern nursing emerged in the mid-19th century, especially nursing related to infectious diseases,  nursing as a female occupation and the religious influence on nursing.