Florence Nightingale : Life, Nursing, And Mathematics

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The Life, Nursing, and Mathematics of Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale is famously known as “The Lady with the Lamp” for her watchful eye at night, solely looking in on sick soldiers while her forty other nurses remained comfortably away from the hospital (Tunstall, 2016). In this paper, I will discuss the life of Florence Nightingale, her work in the nursing profession, the work she did as a mathematician, and the impact that both of these had on the nursing practice.
Florence Nightingale’s Background
Family Life Florence Nightingale was born to a wealthy father, William Nightingale (formerly named William Shore) and mother, Frances Nightingale (Selanders, 2010). She also had a single sister. Florence Nightingale grew up in a time period were women were expected to stay at home, bare children, and had few to no political or monetary rights such as voting and owning property (Selanders, 2010). With this backdrop, Nightingale was raised with a mother who believed that women were to marry to a high social status, take care of their home and children, and not concern themselves with education (Selanders, 2010). However, Nightingale’s father took on a different perspective (Cohen, 1984). He took the time to educate his two daughters in modern languages, philosophy, mathematics and English, despite the cultural belief that women did not deserve to be educated. Women could not attend formal institutions such as colleges and there were no women’s college through Oxford
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