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How did Florence Nightingale envision nursing?
- Role of the nurse - to put the client in the best position possible to let nature act upon him
- To nurse - to be in charge of the personal health of another
- Nurses to make astute observations about the health and environment of another, record observations, develop knowledge to promote healing
Key events in the life of Florence Nightingale
- Graduated nursing school in Kaiserwerth, Germany
- Served the British Army in the Crimean War
- Established first nursing school in London
- In 1859, published Notes on Nursing
- Distinguished Statistician
Florence Nightingale's definition of nursing
To nurse - to be in charge of the personal health of another
What did Florence Nightingale believe about nursing?
- Nursing separate from medicine
- Role of nurse - to put client in best possible position for nature to act upon him
- Formal training for nurses = what to do and why
- Advocated teaching symptoms and what they mean
- Importance of rationale for actions
- Stressed trained powers of observation and reflection
- Nurses should record observations, develop knowledge about factors that promote healing
- Nursing framework emphasizing utilization of empirical knowledge
How did Florence Nightingale view nursing as separate from medicine?
- Nursing has its own distinct body of knowledge, separate from medicine
- Nursing education and practice should be driven by nurses
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