Essay On Florence Nightingale And Influence

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The Australian healthcare system has been defined through historical, political and socio-cultural factors that have shaped healthcare and healthcare access in contemporary Australian society. Without the historical influences of Florence Nightingale, nursing would not be in the place that it is today. Political influences have had major impacts, through funding, without this funding it would not allow for the improvement of treatments, medicines, and healthcare that is given, it has also allowed for more people to have more access to the healthcare system. Socio-cultural influences are still having effects on whom, and how people are receiving healthcare. Through all three influences, it has allowed it easier to seek and receive healthcare, …show more content…
Florence Nightingale, born 1820, placed a major influence on creating nursing as a career not just the responsibility of the female guardians (McDonald, 2013). Before the age of Nightingale, nursing was derived from popular culture, however, as the year’s progressed nursing slowly transformed into a career choice (Daly, Speedy & Jackson, 2015). At the age of 20 she began her nursing career, for many years she traveled the world, spending time in hospitals and healthcare setting, allowing her to know to help treat patients across the world. During 1857, Nightingale began her journey into establishing training schools for others that had a similar passion within nursing and caring for others (McDonald, 2013). Opening that first school for nursing has created a major impact on the healthcare setting today. Nightingale made a major impacted to the healthcare system that is known today, by forming a respected profession for women. She believed in the regard to the value of education, knowledge of the good and the importance of imparting learned knowledge to others (Arnone, 2014). Without this today, we would not be having the doctors and nursing that can save people’s lives more easily. …show more content…
Socio-cultural will influences in different ways compared to historical and political. Socio-economic status is defined as “a disadvantage in terms of people’s access to material and social resources as well as their ability to participate in society” (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011). Low economic status is not just the ability to access healthcare, it is the ability to look after a family as well as yourself, this may include the ability to prevent illness of disease, by supplying fresh fruit and vegetables, correct vitamins and minerals and the ability to keep a good hygiene practice. For example, the Australian food guidelines have been developed over time to allow people to make a decision of how to have a healthier diet, however, the problem with this is that the healthier the food the more expensive the food, generally. From eating a poorer diet, it is showing that they may be having a difficult time buying the appropriate diet and due to this allowing themselves to become more prone to illness and disease. Through this, it has shown the community the importance of health and the impacts it can have on lives. Through this, it has had major impacts on the healthcare settings. This has allowed more be to become more aware of their health needs before needing further treatment and allowing themselves to get to this stage. Through this, it has shaped

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