Impact Of Florence Nightingale

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As former President Barack Obama said, “America’s nurses are the beating heart of our medical system” (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2010). Nursing as not always been the way it is now. To understand the history behind nursing, one must educate themselves on who Florence Nightingale was. Florence Nightingale had a major impact on the development of modern nursing. Before the introduction of modern nursing by Florence Nightingale, treatments were not giving the way that they are now. Treatments were done in the patient’s home rather than at a hospital or clinic. Patients were giving prescribe medicine and then was told to rest and given specific diets that they were to follow to see improvements in their health. Rather than treating the sickness itself, the medications that were prescribed focused on relieving the patients of their symptoms. As mentioned earlier, treatments were done in the patient’s home which made nursing a domestic. This all changed with Florence Nightingale, as she helped with guiding the status of nursing into a profession.
Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820 in Florence, Italy and was the second daughter to her parents. Growing up Nightingale believed that “she had a God-given purpose to better mankind, but the route to achieving this goal was unclear” (Selanders & Crane, 2012). Although Nightingale was born to an upper-class English family, she helped with assisting the poor and ill people. At the age of 16, Nightingale concluded that
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