Florence Nightengale

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Florence Nightengale





Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale, a well-educated nurse, was recruited along with 38 other nurses for
service in a hospital called Scutari during the Crimean War in 1854 . It was
Nightingale’s approaches to nursing that produced amazing results. Florence
Nightingale was responsible for crucial changes in hospital protocol, a new view on the
capabilities and potential of women, and the creation of a model of standards that all
future nurses could aspire towards.


Florence Nightingale was born on May 12th 1820. Her father, who was a wealthy and
intelligent man, believed that women deserved an education. Thus, Florence Nightingale and
her sister were educated in Italian, Latin, Greek, History, and Mathematics. This is quite
possibly why Ms. Nitghengale was able to achieve what she did in her life. Nightingale
excelled at mathematics particularly, and later took on an interest in medicine. At 38
years of age, Nightingale was working as an unpaid superintendent of a London
“establishment for gentlewomen during illness”, and came to the attention of
Sidney Herbert, the Secretary of War. Herbert recruited Nightingale work at Scutari in
1854.

Nightingale was responsible for changing the structure of British medicine and medicinal
practice. Before Nightingale applied her methods of sterilization and organization to
Scutari, the hospital was appalling, as were most hospitals in that period of time. What
Nightingale found when she arrived at her post was a filthy hospital that was lacking
supplies of almost every kind, had dying soldiers forced to sleep on the dirty floor due
to lack of beds, and no latrines at all. Under Nightingale’s leadership, her team of
nurses reduced the mortality rate at the hospital from 60% to a mere 2% in just six
month’s time. Nightingale proved her own results through her knowledge of
mathematics and statistics. The results that Nightingale achieved using her methods
caused her to receive great status from the British press, who referred to her as
“The Lady of The Lamp” because of her late night rounds to check on the
soldiers in her care. Her praise enabled her to establish a nursing school which taught
the procedures and ethics that she had created, bringing about a new line of nurses which
possessed a superior knowledge of medicine and hospital maintenance. Thus, the teachings
of Florence Nightingale were spread to the next generation of nurses, and to all of the
generations to come.


Florence Nightingale changed the public’s views of a woman’s potential and
capabilities in her era. Victorian women of her age group did not attend universities or
pursue professional careers . The success of the Scutari post was amazing, and the fact
that a woman achieved these feats was even more astounding to her peers. Nightingale was
the first woman to be given the British Order of Merit, in 1907 for her work . From
Nightingale’s example, it could be seen that a woman achieving spectacular results
was indeed possible, and the inferiority of the female gender was now in question.
Florence Nightingale became a role model for other nurses around her. Linda Richards, who
visited Ms. Nightingale at her home in England in 1877, said,

The one dream of my nursing years was being fulfilled: I was indeed talking with the one
woman whose name and the record of whose good works were known throughout the whole
civilized world.


This role of idol was well suited to Florence Nightingale, as she clearly had earned it.
She also developed a Model Hospital Statistical Form for hospitals to collect and produce
consistent data and statistics; this furthered her credentials as she was later
acknowledged as a “prophetess” in the development of applied statistics. Her
reputation as a mathematician was made, and indeed today she is still remembered by many
as such. There was now no doubting that Florence Nightingale was an intellectual force to
be reckoned with, and if that was true, then perhaps all females had the same potential.
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