Notes on Nursing Analysis

In this essay, I will be discussing whether the two passages from Florence Nightingale’s “Notes on nursing. What it is, and what it is not” are arguments or explanations.

Passage 1

Now the medical man who sees the patient only once a day or even only once or twice a week, cannot possibly tell this without the assistance of the patient himself, or of those who are in constant observation on the patient. The utmost the medical man can tell is whether the patient is weaker or stronger at this visit than he was at the last visit.

I should therefore say that incomparably the most important office of the nurse, after she has taken care of the patient’s air, is to take care to observe the effect of his food, and report it to the medical attendant.

(1860, Section VII, para.14)


I find the 1st passage to be an argument. According to Chamberlain Week 1 lesson (2019), “an argument is just a set of at least two claims where one is offered in support of the other one.

” Therefore, Nightingale’s first claim is that “medical man cannot possibly tell how well his patient is due to a lack of regular observations on the patient.”

Nest, Nightingale supports her first claim by using the second claim regarding the aftercare of the patient “incomparably the most important office of the nurse” (Nightingale, 1860).

This is the most important part of nursing, the responsibilities to observe the patient and report any changes to the medical attendant. These two claims support the idea of why medical man needs help from the patient and the nurse, for the sake of the patient’s health.

Passage 2To be “in charge” is certainly not only to carry out the proper measures yourself but to see that everyone else does so too; to see that no one either willfully or ignorantly thwarts or prevents such measures.

It is neither to do everything yourself nor to appoint a number of people to each duty, but to ensure that each does that duty to which he is appointed. This is the meaning which must be attached to the word by (above all) those “in charge” of sick, whether of numbers or of individuals. (1860, Section III, para.25)


The second passage is an explanation. This passage does not persuade or use an argument but explains the issue. According to Jackson (2016), “The reasons in an explanation, on the other hand, do not attempt to prove anything; they explain how or why some accepted claim is true.

Since the speaker assumes that the claim is already accepted as true, there is no issue up for debate.” Thus, Nightingale simply explains the issue and what it means to be “in charge” and how it is important “to ensure that each does that duty to which he is appointed” (Nightingale, 1860).


In conclusion, the goal of this essay was to analyze which passage was an argument and which was an explanation. This assignment helped me apply critical reasoning, and I learned the difference between an argument and an explanation.


  1. Nightingale, F. (1860). Notes on nursing. What it is, and what it is not. Project Gutenberg. Retrieved from
  2. Chamberlain University (2019) Week 1 Lesson: Introduction to Critical Reasoning. Language and Logic and Arguments.
  3. Retrieved from D. Critical Thinking: A User’s Manual. [VitalSource Bookshelf]. Retrieved from
Calculate the price
Make an order in advance and get the best price
Pages (550 words)
*Price with a welcome 15% discount applied.
Pro tip: If you want to save more money and pay the lowest price, you need to set a more extended deadline.
We know how difficult it is to be a student these days. That's why our prices are one of the most affordable on the market, and there are no hidden fees.

Instead, we offer bonuses, discounts, and free services to make your experience outstanding.
How it works
Receive a 100% original paper that will pass Turnitin from a top essay writing service
step 1
Upload your instructions
Fill out the order form and provide paper details. You can even attach screenshots or add additional instructions later. If something is not clear or missing, the writer will contact you for clarification.
Pro service tips
How to get the most out of your experience with Boom Grades
One writer throughout the entire course
If you like the writer, you can hire them again. Just copy & paste their ID on the order form ("Preferred Writer's ID" field). This way, your vocabulary will be uniform, and the writer will be aware of your needs.
The same paper from different writers
You can order essay or any other work from two different writers to choose the best one or give another version to a friend. This can be done through the add-on "Same paper from another writer."
Copy of sources used by the writer
Our college essay writers work with ScienceDirect and other databases. They can send you articles or materials used in PDF or through screenshots. Just tick the "Copy of sources" field on the order form.
See why 20k+ students have chosen us as their sole writing assistance provider
Check out the latest reviews and opinions submitted by real customers worldwide and make an informed decision.
english comp
Great paper and done before the deadline. Thank you
Customer 452509, June 15th, 2021
english comp
Thank you for all your hard time.
Customer 452509, June 27th, 2021
Classic English Literature
Absolutely LOVE the essay I received. I really appreciate it so much.
Customer 452529, October 25th, 2021
Classic English Literature
Great Work as Usual. Thank you . I received an A on the paper!
Customer 452531, November 9th, 2021
Religious studies
I recommend this service they always help. I got an A in this project thanks.
Customer 452507, October 5th, 2021
Thank you so much this looks great !!!!
Customer 452585, November 4th, 2023
Absolutely LOVE having help especially from the person who wrote this last one. THANK YOU
Customer 452529, November 19th, 2021
Classic English Literature
Awesome Job... you are the best!
Customer 452531, November 27th, 2021
world civilization
Thank you for the quick response
Customer 452509, June 27th, 2021
English 101
perfect! thanks!
Customer 452543, December 1st, 2021
Exercise Science
Thank you so much for your time.
Customer 452545, December 5th, 2021
Great content.
Customer 452549, February 8th, 2022
Customer reviews in total
Current satisfaction rate
3 pages
Average paper length
Customers referred by a friend
15% OFF your first order
Use a coupon FIRST15 and enjoy expert help with any task at the most affordable price.
Claim my 15% OFF Order in Chat