Before I became a student nurse, I did have an idea of who she was. I was curious because of how name sounded unfamiliar. Now whenever I hear the name, Florence Nightingale my ears wander around interested. She became one of the people I now idolize. Her passion for nursing was beyond belief because when she approached her parents and told them about her nursing ambition, they were not pleased but on 1844 she pursued her first goal and enrolled as a nursing student despite the displease of her parents and how becoming a nurse itself was such a low position for women; she believed that nursing was her calling…
Florence Nightingale was known as the ‘Lady with the Lamp’ because of her habit of making rounds at night to check on the soldiers during the Crimean War in 1854. She also wrote ‘Notes on Nursing’ – published on 1959 which gave tips and hints on nursing. It was a one of a kind. The book included advice and information about the ideal environment of a patient, on how you should observe a patient, and a dozen more tips on nursing.
Nightingale and her nurses during the Crimean War raised a fund. By June 1856, Nightingale decided to use the money to put up a school called ‘Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery’ and started it’s training on July of 1860. Her school is now known as ‘The Nightingale Training School and Home for Nurses’ in London, UK.
On August 1910, at the age of 90, she died peacefully in her sleep because of a heart failure. A source of information published by New York Times ‘LONDON, Aug. 14.–Florence Nightingale, the famous nurse of the Crimean war, and the only woman who ever received the Order of Merit, died yesterday afternoon at her London home.
Although she had been an invalid for a long time, rarely leaving her room, where she passed the time in a half-recumbent position, and was under the constant care of a physician, her death was somewhat unexpected. A week ago she was quite sick, but then improved, and on Friday was cheerful. During that night alarming symptoms developed, and she gradually sank until 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, when the end came.’
Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, the mother of nursing and the lady who heard God’s calling is my idol not just because she was a nurse but because she was a lady with moral, a lady who knew how to handle things and the lady who changed the view of every single person to NURSING.
Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift – there is nothing small about it. – Florence Nightingale