Florence Nightingale's Revolution from Home

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by SusannahM SusannahM, BSN, RN (New)

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What would Florence Nightingale say or recommend to us today? Most of Florence's life and work was actually done as a "Remote/Stay-at-Home Nurse" when she became bedridden at the young age of 38 years old until she died when she was 90 years old. From her bed she was able to still use her advocacy skills, her political connectedness, her passion for public health, and her endless desire to think outside of the box to make huge lasting changes in healthcare. She would take the interconnected technology we have today and run with it.

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SusannahM

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Hi all! Thank you so much for reading my article! I would like to ammend my opening statement to include the word "help" -- so instead it would read: 

"I remember in Nursing School learning about Florence Nightingale’s role in the Crimean War - what she did to *help* establish safe sanitation practices, and that she was a tremendous advocate who worked tirelessly for her patients".

I will also add this statement was written to be perceived as purely anecdotal (from my experience with my professors in nursing school), and not intended to be stated as fact. So sorry for the confusion!

LibraNurse27

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Very interesting! I also did not know how long she was homebound. Impressive that she was still so influential. Great article. 

I think continuing to praise Florence Nightingale can be a "yes, and" situation. Yes, she did a lot for nursing and infectious disease, and deserves recognition. And, many women of color also did a lot for nursing and are only recently being recognized. Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth were both nurses. The podcast Good Nurse Bad Nurse featured black nurses in its "good nurse" segment for all of 2020... that's 52 influential black nurses! Highly recommend. 

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4 hours ago, londonflo said:

I don't need to use my imagination....I read primary resources. Gone to Oxford and read the primary sources, analyzed them and wrote a comprehensive paper and presentation.  

I have evaluated the  primary sources and information, the time in which it was written and the outcome of the dissemination of the facts.

umm, like you? Give us the facts you have used to evaluate FN claims and work.

 

My knowledge base is deep and thorough. You are making jumps in your understanding of the conceptual basis of history.. that may be okay for a blowhard ......but I do wish you good luck in your real estate business, travel throughout the world and attending concerts with back stage passes! You have no experience, education and credentials as a scholar. Stay in your own lane

You really need to look into controlling your emotions. Many detrimental physiological effects when you don't. I will take your advice and stay in my lane. Too many overly emotional people in the other lanes. Thank you for the excellent advice. 

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27 minutes ago, Curious1997 said:

You really need to look into controlling your emotions. Many detrimental physiological effects when you don't.

Please don't concern yourself with my emotional or physical health.  In fact, attributing my facts to 'emotions' shows immaturity/old world views (are you from the 1950's?) or an inability to counter facts because of a poor knowledge base of Florence Nightingale and/or the use of primary sources. A suggestion from me would be to read "Nursing What it is and What is not" by Florence Nightingale. A groundbreaking book of how nursing concepts can be used to benefit patients.

https://store.doverpublications.com/048622340x.html

For less than $10.00 you will learn about her theories of the care of the sick.

Best wishes for your educational journey.

 

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2 hours ago, LibraNurse27 said:

And, many women of color also did a lot for nursing and are only recently being recognized.

Don't forget Mary Seacole! She also was a strong nurse during the Crimean War who set up hospitals.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Seacole

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3 hours ago, SusannahM said:

I will also add this statement was written to be perceived as purely anecdotal (from my experience with my professors in nursing school), and not intended to be stated as fact. So sorry for the confusion!

It is a fact.  For an overall look at the life of Florence Nightingale, I recommend this book: "Florence Nightingale" by Mark Bostridge. There is much more to Florence than the 'Lady with the Lamp'. 

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1 hour ago, londonflo said:

Don't forget Mary Seacole! She also was a strong nurse during the Crimean War who set up hospitals.

I haven't heard of Mary Seacole. I will look her up. Thanks for sharing!

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10 hours ago, londonflo said:

It is a fact.  For an overall look at the life of Florence Nightingale, I recommend this book: "Florence Nightingale" by Mark Bostridge. There is much more to Florence than the 'Lady with the Lamp'. 

I doubt it! She was a product of her time, limited by the available knowledge, culture, politics and sex. She was special no doubt but I know just like all before her, she built on knowledge accumulated by others and acquired during her travels with her father. Even Einstein, Newton and Bose were limited to the available knowledge of their times and their's was built on those before them. 

You will never grasp history if you don't take into account what was going on at the time and the motivation for the events. 

You appear to like conflict, no doubt motivated by your underlying frustrations, expressed as anger. These are trying times but you are irrational in displacing your feelings through an online presence. I don't engage with emotional people. It's a fundamental of Psych nursing! 

By the way I am a British citizen and I have my RGN and worked six months at John Radcliffe in the innovation center in conjunction with the University. We came up with a scissor jack ratcheting platform modification from a worm drive concept, for the community RNs for overweight patients with heavy legs. So I sort of know Oxford and the west country reasonably well. 

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3 hours ago, Curious1997 said:

She was a product of her time, limited by the available knowledge, culture, politics and sex.

 Florence was raised on the family estate at Lea Hurst, where her father provided her with a classical education, including studies in German, French and Italian.

3 hours ago, Curious1997 said:

You will never grasp history if you don't take into account what was going on at the time and the motivation for the events.

On the contrary, I recommend the reading of primary sources, which I do.

3 hours ago, Curious1997 said:

You appear to like conflict, no doubt motivated by your underlying frustrations, expressed as anger.

There is a difference between stating the truth and anger, but I will leave you alone with your lack of facts and understanding of the roots of our modern nursing.

 

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Please stop making this a one-on-one debate. It derails the topic.

Thank you.