Essay about The Development of Nursing Along American History

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Since the beginning of colonization in the Americas nurses have been at the forefront of medicine. In all of the important stages of our countries development nurses have been there to care for the sick, heal the wounded, and provide a caring hand. They have created a growing and developing profession. Nurses have changed the scope of healthcare and patient care in the United States. In colonial America much of what we considered modern medicine had not even been thought of yet. In the 18th century nursing was not a profession yet. In America most people were not able to reach a trained medical doctor they relied on the help of the woman of the house. So during the colonial time most of the actual medical care provided was based in the …show more content…
She was a pioneer of the nursing profession, which mostly began with her help tending to wounded solider during the Crimea War. With all that she had learned from her time in the war Florence began writing books about nursing and in 1860 she established the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. Even during our own Civil War Florence was called on regularly to consult on how American nurses could manage their own war hospitals. (BIO) At the start of the Civil War there were still no properly “trained” nurses and no nursing schools. When women began hearing of the many accounts of the poor medical care that the soldiers were receiving, hundreds of women decided to act. Even though they were uneducated and had no actual experience they still volunteered to help in field hospitals, on the battlefield, and even make shift hospitals in people’s homes. During the war the Union doctors were not convinced that the untrained women could help due to their inexperience and lack of training. However at the end of the Civil War the volunteer nurses had won over the Union doctors as well as the soldiers that they cared for. By April 1861 the Secretary of War appointed a woman named Dorthea Lynde as the “Superintendent of Female Nurses of the Army”. While Dorthea or Dix as she was known had no formal training she cultivated vast organizational skills while working on behalf of patients in prisons and