Florence Nightingale and her contribution to nursing Essay

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What was the short-term significance of Florence Nightingale in bringing about change in nursing practice in the 1860s.

In the Dickens book “Martin Chuzzlewit” the character Mrs Gamp a nurse, was dirty, fat, and old and also a drunk, which was like most nurses of those days before Nightingale. One can say that because of this, nursing was not seen as a highly regarded profession. Source A supports the view of Mrs Gamp being a true portrayal of nurses in the 1800s. It is an article from the Telegraph by Robbie Collin, he is writing about the character Mrs Gamp and he says “Dickens wrote that Mrs Gamp was, ‘four-and-twenty years ago, a fair representation of the hired attendant on the poor in sickness,’ and she was so popular with
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Source C is a diagram that shows the large amount of deaths in the winter and then the decreasing number of deaths after reforms were made.

Florence was unlike many middle class women; she was well educated by her father and received a better education than most girls would have done at that time. She thought of it as unfair that women did not have the same opportunities as men. As she grew up she became very fond of looking after the ill and became interested in the work of hospitals, which led to her visiting hospitals in London to investigate the occupations for women there8. Her visits lasted for eleven years. On a journey from Paris she met two St. Vincent de Paul sisters. They introduced her to their convent at Alexandria9, which she visited and saw how well organised these sisters were compared to nurses in England. However it was her visit to the Deaconess Institute at Kaiserworth that gave her the inspiration to make nursing a vocation for women. Where she spent four months training as a sick nurse in 185110. On her return to England she was determined to change the nursing profession. ‘She herself saw her mission in larger terms: to serve humanity through the prevention of needless illness and death’11.
After returning to England she became superintendent at the hospital for Invalid Gentlewomen and then in 1853 when the

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