Florence Nightingale's Lady With The Lamp

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Florence Nightingale, often called the “lady with the lamp”, is well known for being a pioneer in the field of nursing (Selanders, L., 2015). Florence helped shape nursing into the respected profession that it is today, raising much awareness to the need for improvement in nursing care as well as improved conditions of hospitals and institutions serving the poor. Her effort in these areas was certainly remarkable, but it is only one piece of her large body of work. Little known by many was Florence’s work in the field of statistics and epidemiology. She did not settle for changing the profession of nursing and the environment in which care was provided, but rather Florence also used data collection and analysis to help recognize areas in which further improvement was needed.
Florence and care at the individual and population level Florence Nightingale was a visionary ahead of her time, someone who saw things for the way they could be rather than just the way they were. One area in which she envisioned a change was in the conditions of workhouse infirmaries, facilities for the poor that were notorious for their filth and spread of disease (McDonald, L., 2006b). Florence recognized that skilled nursing care, along with proper organization and structure of workhouse infirmaries could significantly reduce the transmission of disease and, in fact, improve the overall health of the population being served (McDonald, L., 2003). Through undertaking the start of this reform,…
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