Saturday, September 8, 2012

Who is Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale developed the first theory of nursing which is the "Environmental Model". She focused on the environment to place the patient in the best conditions for nature to act. She believed that the body could repair itself in a nurturing environment. Noise, nutrition, hygiene, light, comfort, socialization and hope are the factors that the environment do really has. On the other hand, she provided the nursing profession which is called "Legacy of Caring".

Nightingale said, "Nursing out to signify the proper use of fresh air, light, cleanliness, warmth, quiet and the proper selection and administration of diet - all at the least expense of vital power to the patient."

She was born in May 12, 1820 in Florence, Italy. She is from a wealthy and well-traveled family. She was expected to behave like every other Victorian lady and how to perfect hostess.

She had a great compassion and concern for people. She believed that she is called to serve humankind. At the age of 24, she helped the suffering masses and desired to work in the hospital which her idea was opposed by his family which they fought about it for a long time before allowing her to go to Kaiserworth, Germany to study nursing from the Institution of Deaconesses.

She served the wounded soldier during the Crimean War. Because of her works in reforming nursing, she was given the title, "Founder of the Modern Nursing." She believed that the person is a holistic human being.. She advocated that nursing is a spiritual calling which she assumed that nurses can help those clients who were spiritually distress.

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