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Notes on Nursing: A Guide for Today's Caregivers


The International Council of Nurses is proud to announce a very special anniversary publication of Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing - it is called Notes on Nursing: A Guide for Today's Caregivers. It is an update of the Florence Nightingale's classic, but includes some of her original text.

This special book is meant as a 'gift' from nursing to the patients and family caregivers of today. 

Here you have a preliminary excerpt of the book , the cover, the Preface and then a sample chapter.

We would like to invite readers to read the 'Preliminaries' , the sample chapter and comment on the book here


The International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) is pleased to provide this Foreword to Notes on Nursing, the International Council of Nurses’ guide for today’s caregivers, and to reinforce the essential partnership between patients and caregivers. Caregivers provide a personal approach to healthcare, integral to a patient-centered system. This publication provides useful information on managing patients’ daily needs and guidance for supporting patients in participating in their own care.

IAPO’s Declaration on Patient-Centred Healthcare (2006)1 outlines five principles of patient-centered healthcare which are relevant to the role of carers. These are respect, choice and empowerment, patient involvement in health policy, access and support, and patient information. In order to achieve patient-centered healthcare for patients with chronic conditions, these principles and the relationships between caregivers and patients are of paramount importance.

Chronic conditions often continue for many years and affect all aspects of a person’s life. The goal for patients is to manage their condition so that they can participate in life as fully as possible. Caregivers play an important role by understanding patients’ emotions, wishes and needs, and helping communicate these to others.

The updated Notes on Nursing supports effective dialogue between patients and caregivers to promote mutual understanding and respect, each contributing to achieve a good quality of life as defined by the patient.

Joanna Groves
Chief Executive Officer
International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO)



Continue reading the book preliminary here.

Continue reading the sample chapter here.

Comment on this book here.

We greatly appreciate your feedback and thank you !



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