I know I’ve been missing in action for a bit but things just got so busy during the late weeks of October but good news is that Women Wednesday is back. I’ve decided to feature a woman worth looking up to every Wednesday. They’ve shaped history. They’ve done more than what is required of them. They’ve decided to step out of the box that they have been placed in. So for the first featured woman, I’ve decided to go with someone I know very well. I want you to get to know her as well.
As a Nurse, we’ve studied about different women and one of them was Florence Nightingale. She was mostly known as the “Lady With The Lamp”. Nursing is a profession that focuses on giving service to others. Florence Nightingale was named after the city she had been born in which was Florence, Italy. Having been born to wealthy parents, no one expected Florence to get into the Nursing profession. She’s known to be the founder of Modern Nursing.
Unlike today, Nurses in the 17th Century to the 19th Century were looked down at. Most Nurses were poor, unskilled, and were often associated with immoral behavior. It was a “dirty” profession. The hospitals at which Nurses served at were unclean, unsanitary, and full of infectious diseases. As I said, Florence was born into a wealthy family so it was understandable that her family were really against her being a Nurse but she went against their wishes saying that it was her “divine calling”. In the year 1844, Florence enrolled as a nursing student at the Lutheran Hospital of Pastor Fliedner in Kaiserswerth, Germany.
Florence Nightingale is mostly known for her work during the Crimean War which broke out in October of the year 1853. With the help of her close friend Sidney Herbert, who was the Secretary of War that time, she was allowed to organize a group of volunteer Nurses to head over to Turkey. Under the leadership of Nightingale, the hospital was kept clean, comfortable, and nutritious food were brought to the patients. The hospital became more than a place just to die, but instead it became a place to heal and get better.
She became known as the “Lady With The Lamp” because at night she would roam around the hospital carrying a lamp. She would check on the patients to make sure that they were doing okay. It was the soldiers she cared for who gave her the name. There were also some who called her as the “Angel of the Crimea”. It was because of Florence Nightingale’s initiative that the death rate of the hospital was reduced by two-thirds.
Florence Nightingale was responsible for elevating Nursing into a honorable profession.
Here are some notable quotes from Florence Nightingale:
“How very little can be done under the spirit of fear. “
“Why do people sit up so late, or, more rarely, get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have no time in the day to themselves. “
“Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.”
“The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.”
“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.”
What do you think of Florence Nightingale?