Florence Nightingale 's Influence On Nursing Essay

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Florence Nightingale’s Influence on Nursing Florence Nightingale was the most influential person in the nursing profession. Widely recognized as the first nurse, she was first noticed in 1854 during the Crimean War in England, where she organized and cleaned the hospital and provided care to wounded soldiers. In 1859 she published her first book called “Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not.” In 1860, she launched the first training program for nurses at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. These three events played a monumental role in the development of nursing in the United States. She became known for her theories on how a patient’s environment affected their health, and how to promote patient health and well being by managing their surroundings (Black, 2014). Florence Nightingale’s Background Florence Nightingale was born to a wealthy family in May of 1820 in Florence, Italy, and spent the majority of her childhood years in England. She was very close to her father, and he took on the responsibility of her schooling by educating her at home. She had a passion for math and statistics, and she was fluent in seven languages. Nightingale knew at an early age that she would not be fulfilled by being a wealthy housewife and felt as though she was being called by God to a career in Nursing (MacQueen, 2007). When she was 25 years old, she announced that she was going to Kaiserswerth, Germany to study nursing. Her parents did not approve of this decision,…

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