Florence Nightingale's Theory Of Nursing

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Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 in Florence, Italy; much of her strong educational underpinnings were said to be passed down from her father’s love of speculative thought, humanism and liberal thinking. Her father’s beliefs on educating women was far ahead of his time. (Parker, 2006) Her early fostering of education and her ability to apply inductive reasoning are the foundations in which she built her well renowned ‘environmental theory’ on. Although many that have written biographies on her do not define her as a theorist but yet a politician and health care reformist. Nightingale’s work was ground-breaking for modern nursing today, much of her philosophies and concepts were the basis is which developed the metaparadigm of nursing in which we follow and create our own theories on. The metaparadigm of nursing is made up of four different concepts which include nursing, client, health, and environment; Florence Nightingale does focus a lot of her ideas centrally around environment. However, she does indirectly and directly discuss the remainder three concepts all throughout her notes on nursing. As reference in an article by Terri Zebrowsky, Nightingales environmental theory could be best described as model which focuses on the client be at the center and that the environment is simply a factor in sustaining balance for the client, if there is something that seems to create an unbalanced surrounding then it is up to the nurse to re-implement balance in the client’s
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