Florence Nightingale : A Family Of Wealth And Prestige Essay

836 Words Nov 18th, 2014 4 Pages
Every year on May 12th, International Nurses Day, the world recognizes nurses everywhere and the contribution they make to society through the art and science that is nursing. This day was selected because Florence Nightingale was born on this day in 1820 into a family of wealth and prestige. While traveling throughout Europe Florence met famous people and visited beautiful places, but everywhere she went, she noticed the poor and sick people all around her. Florence felt it was her calling from God to help people and, as a woman in the Victorian era, the only way to do this was to become a nurse. Against the wishes of her parents, Florence set out to learn all she could about the practice of nursing by visiting poorhouses, orphanages, workhouses and hospitals. She asked questions, took meticulous notes, compared methods and taught herself about the world of medicine. Evidence based practice was born.
After two brief periods of instruction in nursing in Germany, Florence was hired as superintendent of London’s Institution for the Care of Sick Gentlewomen in Distressed Circumstances where she made many improvements, revolutionizing the care given to patients and the training given to the nurses. During this time she developed administrative skills, identified appropriate qualifications for nurses and advocated that equal and competent care were basic human rights for all people. After only a year, Miss Nightingale was asked to lead a team of nurses to the military hospital…

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