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Wednesday, January 7, 2015



Welcome to Nurse Nightingale. I am so glad that you've stumbled upon this blog. No, my last name is not Nightingale. I want to stay anonymous for now because I can see how future employers may see blogging as positive or negative. I don't want to jeopardize my career. So if you have any questions you can call me Nightingale, Flo, Florence, hey you blogger lady..... Basically anything.

As you may already know Florence Nightingale is considered the founder of modern day nurses. She's known as "The Lady with the lamp," as she made her nightly rounds checking on soldiers during the Crimean War. In 1860 she established a nursing school at St. Thomas Hospital in London. It was the first secular nursing school in the world and as now part of Kings College London. She was so influential on nurses that new nurses take the Nightingale Pledge. International Nurses Day is celebrated on her birthday, May 12th.

When she arrived at Selimiye Barracks in 1854, Nightingale wrote the British government about the horrific conditions in the facilities that housed wounded soldiers. In response a prefabricated hospital was commissioned and then set up as Renkioi hospital. She's attributed with reducing the death rate from 42% to 2%. Her focus was on sanitation, nutrition, rest, ventilation, and supplies. Ten times more soldiers died due to infection than died from battle wounds. She wrote Notes on Nursing in 1859. It was considered a classic introduction to nursing. Her work on sanitation came before Louis Pasteur and Joseph Lister's work made germ theory more widely accepted.

It's something we take for granted today. We all know that we must use sanitizer when entering and exiting a patient's room. Since we were little kids we've been told to wash our hands, cover our coughs and sneezes, etc. Thanks to many, many people we now know so much about the spread of diseases via germs. That's why we don and doff our personal protective equipment when we have patient's in isolation for MRSA or C. diff. Truly amazing when you consider how many people have worked to provide us with this knowledge. Makes one wonder what we will know 100 years from now....

Clearly there is much, much more to Florence Nightingale than that brief introduction. I just wanted to give a quick read to those that may not be familiar with her work on molding nursing into what it is today. This is why I chose her as the name for this blog.

So I'm planning on this blog being a great way for me to review for boards, spread my knowledge, and be a place of exchanging ideas and concepts. I hope you'll join me on this adventure.



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