Happy Birthday to the World's Most Famous Nurse - page 2

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Upon graduation from nursing school, we all probably remember reciting the Nightingale Pledge, a modified "Hippocratic Oath" composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses,... Read More


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    DoGoodThenGo.........your knowledge of Florence Nightingale is impressive!!!
    You all knows I likes my "vintage nurse" research, and how much more vintage can you get than FN? *LOL*

    The marriage bit was easy as one remembers it from the made for television production about FN staring Jaclyn Smith. Flo's sister is seen with her mother at a window looking on as FN in the garden sends her cousin off/rejects his offer of marriage, "a whole branch of the family, gone" the sister says.

    In real life FN's father was supportive of his daughter emotionally and more importantly financially. It was that latter support that allowed FN to remain in a comfortable unmarried state befitting her birth, something many similar women of her era couldn't manage. For them it was marriage or be farmed out as the only *respectable* careers for well born but financially distressed women: governess, lady's companion, selling needlework/handicrafts and or roaming from married sister's or brother's home playing the "maiden aunt" bit.

    Aside from whatever calling FN had to nursing and so forth there was the very real fate of all married women in that period. All that a wife had or would get belonged to her husband. Indeed her husband was lord and master far as God and the law could make him. A husband could have *ordered* FN to cease her nursing activities and to behave in a manner suited to a married woman of her rank. Or, simply tied her to the home with endless pregnancies and children. Both of which wore many a woman of the era down and in many cases the former lead to their death.
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    Made for TV bio of Florence Nightingale starring Jaclyn Smith and Timothy Dalton
    Last edit by DoGoodThenGo on May 12, '13 : Reason: Content
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    Here is the full movie:

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    I love the vintage nursing stuff, too.

    Thanks for the link to the movie. I doubt that Flo looked like Jaclyn Smith. LOL
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    I love the vintage nursing stuff, too.

    Thanks for the link to the movie. I doubt that Flo looked like Jaclyn Smith. LOL
    . . .or Kay Francis . . . in The White Angel (1936) gotta love Hollywood versions of reality (?) Thanks for the youtube link, too tnbutterfly that's what I love about AN so much to learn!

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    Some of you might remember Country Joe and the Fish ("And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for? Don't ask me, I don't give a damn, Next stop is Viet Nam ...") As it turns out, he's a huge fan of our lady here and has quite a website for her. Check it out!

    Country Joe McDonald's Florence Nightingale Tribute
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    Can you imagine providing patient care in all those crinolines? *LOL*

    And those aprons/pinafores! Blasted things would be almost standard issue for nurse's uniforms well past the 1950's in some areas of the western world. Students would be the last to suffer with them and IIRC there are still some schools that put their girls in some variation of them.
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    how sweet! i must say she is one of the best foundering father's of nursing.
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    OK....... No one has guessed the answer to this bit of trivia:
    What animal did Florence Nightingale carry with her, even when doing hospital rounds?
    Florence Nightingale kept an owl by her side most of the time.

    This little baby Owl (Athena noctue) was rescued by Florence after a fall from its nest at the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. She was in the possession of some Greek youngsters, who were tormenting the infant hatchling. Her nursing instincts came into being as she fed and trained the owl to enter a cage giving it the moniker, Athena after the Greek goddess. Soon it would perch on her finger to receive its daily meal and afterwards bow and curtsy on whatever object was nearby. Athena began travelling everywhere, safely lodged in the pocket of Florence. The bird became famous as her trademark, but infamous as well...the fierce expressive bird used its long, sharp beak to peck intrusive human visitors

    To read more about Flo's unusual devoted companion, you can go to Owlet Athena (1850 - 1855) - Find A Grave Memorial
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    Wow, we share a birthday! Very interesting


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