Florence Nightingale was one of the most influential woman figures in British history. Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820, at the Villa Colombia in Florence, Italy and died peacefully in her sleep on August 13, 1910. She is buried in the graveyard at St. Margaret Church in East Wellow, Hampshire. She was an upper-class girl from Florence, Italy who had dreams of becoming a nurse, but her family strongly opposed the idea. In 1844 she decided to enter the field of nursing and improved hospitals sanitation exponentially. Nightingale had a strong will and stark determination which helped her to become a great nurse.
Florence Nightingale was an immense impact on nursing, who “became famous for her revolutionary work as a nurse during the Crimean War” (Kent 30). “She dedicated her life to improving conditions in hospitals, beginning in an army hospital during the Crimean War,” (3 Registered). Her actions were then used by “concerned individuals, rather than by professionally trained nurses” during the Civil War, (Registered 279). Many of Nightingale’s ideas were brought into modern times, but with the improvement of technology and licensed nurses. With the influence and patience of Florence Nightingale, nursing has evolved into an outstanding career.
Florence nightingale was born on the 12th of may 1820. She was considered as the founder of modern nursing. She started her carrier as a nurse for poor and sick at the age of 24. During Crimean war she came to prominence while serving as a nurse, where she tended to wounded soldiers. During her service she took notice of the dirtiness and deterioration of the military hospitals. Thereby she took action by making sanitary improvements establishing standards for clean and safe hospitals. Thus she helped to bring down
Bisk(2016) claimed from the earliest times Florence Nightingale helped evolve the world of Nursing. Nightingale also set standards for the profession as the world knows it's today. She started her profession when she was just a child and began to care for the ill villagers around her family home. In 1854,Nightingale was asked to form a team of nurses to care for the sick or injured soldiers in Crimea. She also cared for patients all hours of the day at night using an oil lamp so she was able to see at night while attending to her patients. When Nightingale was done in Crimea she arrived at England she wrote notes on matters affecting health. The notes later helped reform several military
In a time that was economically and socially dominated by men, Florence Nightingale was a female that overcame many obstacles and persevered to become a world renowned social reformer and the founder of modern nursing. By examining Nightingales life, it is easy to see how she dramatically redesigned the medical administration of Europe and became the face of modern nursing. This paper will examine Nightingales major achievements, the influence she had in the 19th century, ability to conform contemporary ideas, and finally how her accomplishments proved to be revolutionary within Europe and the world. Born into a wealthy family on May 12, 1820, she knew from an early age that she wanted to do enter into the medical field of work. Florence experienced many difficulties
Florence Nightingale brought tremendous change to the world of nursing. She was truly a pioneer, paving the way for many to follow, with her ground breaking new outlook on nursing care. Florence was born in 1820 to a well off British family. She was said to be a very intelligent child, so her father gave her a thorough education. An extended education, at that time, was mostly reserved for men. Florence received her education from her father and an assortment of private tutors. She received lessons in modern languages, literature and higher mathematics. She showed a particularly strong interest in mathematics which later in her life would prove quite helpful. After receiving her education, she had become discontent with her home life, and
Florence Nightingale was the younger of two children in her family, her mother was Frances Nightingale and her father was William Shore Nightingale. As a young child Florence was very active in philanthropy, she helped the ill and the poor people in her village. By the age sixteen is was clear to her that nursing had been her calling. When she approached her parents with her divine purpose in life her parents were not pleased, in fact her parents forbade her to purse nursing. In her social standing girls her age were accepted to marry a man not takes up a job. At seventeen she declined a marriage proposal and explained her reasoning to her parents. Despite her parents’ objections, in 1844, Nightingale enrolled as a nursing student at the Lutheran
Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy in 1820. She was born into a wealthy British family and displayed very educated for a female from that era. She was tutored by her father and would later study Nursing in Kaiserwerth, Germany. Florence believed that she was called by god to be a nurse and at the age of 25 told her parents that she wished to study nursing. This desire to be a nurse was only a dream until she turned 31 and was permitted by her family to travel to Kaiserwerth, Germany and study nursing. She took what she learned here and moved back to London and began working as the superintendent at the Hospital for Invalid Gentlewomen. Nightingales fame came during the Crimean war, where she worked to improve
Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12 1820. She was the younger of two children born into affluent British family. From a young age, Plorence Nightingale was in philanthropy, taking care of the ill and poor people. By the time she was 16 years old, she believed that her true calling was in nursing. Upon confronting her parents about her ambitions in becoming a nurse, they forbade her from doing so. In 1844, Nightingale proceeded to enroll herself as a nursing student at the Lutheran Hospital of Pastor Fliedner in Kaiserswerth, Germany. Therefore after completion nightingale returned to London, and after a year of being hired at Middlesex hospital became superintendant. She developed many techniques that brought down the death rate significantly during a cholera outbreak. In late 1854, Nightingale received a letter from Secretary of War Sidney Herbert, asking her to organize a corps of nurses to tend to the sick and fallen soldiers in the Crimea. Nightingale rose to her calling. She quickly assembled a team of 34 nurses from a variety of religious orders, and sailed with them to the Crimea just a few days later. The soldiers, who were both moved and comforted by her endless supply of compassion, took to calling her "the Lady with the Lamp." Others simply called her "the Angel of the Crimea." Her work reduced the hospital’s death rate by two-thirds. While at Scutari, Nightingale had contracted "Crimean fever" and would never fully recover. In August 1910
Florence nightingale was the chief figure in charge of the reformation of modern nursing. Though with a social standing to uphold, She devoted both her personal life and her professional life to better the care of patients and nursing. She is widely distinguished for her work in the Crimean war and for Trailblazing the path towards better medical practices. Florence Nightengale took a stand against unjust and outdated medical practices. She Established new methods on how hospitals are run. With these new methods, She was able to almost eliminate the death toll from hospital born illnesses and increase patient care.
“She organized staff, oversaw purchases, set up housekeeping, ordered furniture, supplied clothing, supervised daily routines, working an average of 20 hours every day, performing the duties of cook, housekeeper, washer woman, general dealer, and storekeeper along with scavenger and nurse. Florence began and ended each hospital day routine with prayers. She also provided reading rooms and library books for the patients” (Hammond). Nightingale truly improved their lives. For that reason, many of them were healed and went back to their families and friends because she improved their living conditions while they were being treated.
Florence Nightingale, a well-educated nurse, was recruited along with 38 other nurses for service in a hospital called Scutari during the Crimean War in 1854 . It was Nightingale's approaches to nursing that produced amazing results. Florence Nightingale was responsible for crucial changes in hospital protocol, a new view on the capabilities and potential of women, and the creation of a model of standards that all future nurses could aspire towards.
It is generally assumed that Florence Nightingale is the mother of modern nursing. She rebelled against cultural norms at the time, and chose to live out her dream and become a nurse, in times where nursing was a career that was frowned upon during her lifetime 1820-1910 (Dominiczak, 2014, p. 284). Nightingale’s crowning moment came during the Crimean War in Turkey, where she was head nurse of the injured soldiers nursing unit (Lippincott & Wilkins, 1940, p. 573). It was here that Nightingale found that medical staff at the Selimiye Barracks were not only overworked but their patients were suffering due to the poor level of medical care. Not only was there a diminutive supply of medicine so infections were very common, but because there was poor sanitation and ventilation, the barracks suffered a tremendous hygiene problem. Nightingale’s intuition that soldiers were dying due to poor hygiene proved to be correct; more soldiers were dying from secondary infections than they were from battle wounds. When Nightingale made a request of her government to deliver a solution to the fatal environment, the British government commissioned for a pre-assembled building, designed as a hospital, to save the lives of their soldiers. This pre-built hospital resulted in a reduced death rate of 2% from the original rate of 42% (Dominiczak, 2014, p. 284). In addition to this life-saving change, Nightingale also instigated practices such as
Nightingale underwent a multitude of adventures and journeys on her heroic path towards bettering the medical society. She travelled the world (Cook, 2012) learning how to heal and care for the wounded. She also continually fought against the sexism that was rampant throughout the time-period (Steele, 2017). Nightingale was successful in her battles for a better medical society. She brought about major changes in the practices and teachings of others, particularly in the field of nursing. Prior to her actions, the medical culture did not put much thought into handwashing and other hygiene practices (Steele, 2017). She also laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school in London, which became the basis for professional nursing schools across the world (Steele, 2017).
Florence Nightingale was a very influential figure both during and after the Crimean War, not always for her work in medicine. Medical care improved for British soldiers during the Crimean War both due to Nightingale and other factors such as the Sanitation Commission. In the years surrounding the Crimean War, many aspects of medicine were underdeveloped- there was no form of anesthetic (except being knocked out, which could lead to a bad headache), and surgery was considered a great risk for the subject, due to a great privation of cleanliness and many surgeons lack of personal hygiene.