The Nightingale Influence On Nursing Education

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The Nightingale Influence on Nursing Education Beth Anne Bonetti Nursing 301 September 21, 2014 Summer Huntley-Dale MSN, RN The Nightingale Influence on Nursing Education Influence on Preparation Florence Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing. She also created the first educational system for nurses. Prior to Nightingale’s nursing education program, there was no formal preparation or organized training programs for nurses. Nursing was not recognized as an academic discipline (Alligood, 2014, p. 6). Nursing care was provided by the family, nuns and religious servants, or self-trained women who were held in low regard by society. Nursing was considered domestic work and not a profession. “Nightingale revolutionized and professionalized nursing by stressing that nursing was not a domestic, charitable service but a respected occupation requiring advanced education” (Black, 2014, p. 134). In 1860, the Nightingale School of Nursing, at St. Thomas Hospital in London, was established for the education of professional nurses. This nursing program differed from earlier programs in that nursing students received theory classes along with clinical experiences in the hospital. “Nightingale emphasized the need to blend a mixture of theoretical and clinical experiences as part of the educational package” (Selanders, 2010, p. 84). They used a specific curriculum that ensured that the students would receive training in the various aspects of nursing care for
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