Essay on Florence Nightingale 's Lady With The Lamp

838 Words Aug 4th, 2016 4 Pages
Florence Nightingale, also known as the “Lady with the Lamp”, is considered the founder of modern nursing. Her achievements have set the precedence of nursing for years to come. Nightingale was born on May 12th, 1820 in Florence, Italy to wealthy English parents. As a child, she was taught history, literature, mathematics, and philosophy by her father. At an early age, she would minister to the poor and ill people in the neighboring village of the family 's home. At 24, she felt that nursing was her divine purpose. At the time, nurses felt that their jobs were insignificant and inferior because they learned through experience rather than formal training. After Nightingale improved hospitals, established the principles of nursing, and raised the standards of education, nursing became a respected profession. Nightingale enrolled as nursing student at Lutheran Hospital of Pastor Fliedner in Kaiserswerth, Germany in 1844. She returned to London and took a nursing job in a hospital for an ailing governess. Florence Nightingale did such an outstanding job that she was promoted to superintendent less than a year later. Nightingale became determined to improve hygiene practices because of a cholera outbreak. The unsanitary conditions caused the disease to spread very quickly, but her efforts significantly lowered the death rate at the hospital. The Crimean War broke out in October 1853. By 1854, more than 18,000 soldiers had been admitted into military hospitals. There were no…

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