What does Florence Nightingale mean to you?

  1. If someone came up to you and asked you about Florence Nightingale what would you say?

    Try to describe her in as few words as possible.

    Start your post with:

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  2. 34 Comments

  3. by   classicdame
    FN brought nursing from being associated with the "oldest profession" to being associated with true professionals. Thanks to her record keeping, use of evidence and political precendents, men and women are proud to be called nurses.
  4. by   Altra
    Florence Nightingale was among the first to practice and promote professional nursing.

    She is not any more or less relevant to the current nursing profession than Hippocrates is to medicine, or Melvil Dewey is to library/information technology.
  5. by   JBudd
    Florence Nightengale was incredibly far ahead of her time, rebelled against "proper society" and restrictions on upper class women and education. She stood up against "established medicine", pushed for decent treatment of patients, kept statistics, proved her findings scientifically, and never once managed to be "the doctor's handmaiden".
  6. by   OnlybyHisgraceRN
    She is the pioneer of nursing. She is totally cool, brilliant, and I admire her!
  7. by   SHGR
    Florence Nightingale was a feminist, a pioneer of statistics, a class-buster. She was unafraid to work in the trenches despite the work being beneath her family's station. She was fearless and brilliant.
  8. by   mindlor
    The first infection control nurse ever
  9. by   amoLucia
    Florence Nightingale - nursing's first 'libber'!
  10. by   PetsToPeople
    "Lo! in that house of misery
    A lady with a lamp I see
    Pass through the glimmering gloom,
    And flit from room to room."

    To me she is a light in the darkness, a silent guardian and protector, a tireless and strong willed fighter (and advocate) who will never give up on her pt's, but will remain by their bedside to nurse them through illness and deliver them to the other side, whether that be back on their feet or to the pearly gates.
  11. by   Old.Timer
    Non- Conformist

    Problem-Solver
  12. by   GitanoRN
    florence nightingale, what can be said that it hasn't been mentioned about the character of this hero. nightingale, was a pioneer who first utilized statistical data in the medical profession, her theory is still relevant in today's nursing. therefore, shes referred as the founder of the modern medicine. in addition, her unwavering determination to provide the best, sanitary care possible cut the death rate considerably during the crimean war. florence nightingale, is the epitome of nursing her determination, dedication, and dependability was and continues to be the highest caliber of nursing care and one we should emulate.
    Last edit by GitanoRN on May 10, '12
  13. by   andowse
    Florence Nightingale to me was what you call a real nurse, someone who also to them nursing is a calling just like me. She, to me is a role model and I consider my yearning to be a nursing from what I have learnt about her. She is an icon,legend and everyone should look up to her and just love her for the good work that she did. I would also love to leave a legacy in the nursing environment like she did. She is a true inspiration.
  14. by   deftonez188
    The subject of a minimum of 5 papers while in nursing school, 10 if doing an RN-BSN program lol. At least that was my experience. Nothing like deifying that old chestnut

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