Part of a wealthy family, Nightingale defied the expectations of the time and pursued what she saw as her God-given calling of nursing. During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, greatly reducing the death count. (A&E Television Networks LLC, 2017)
Florence came from a wealthy family and parents who objected to her desire to be a nurse. After turning down a marriage proposal from a suitable gentleman, Florence entered nursing school in 1850. (A&E Television Networks LLC, 2017)
Florence was an impressive nurse upon graduation and as the Crimea War broke the sanitation and soldier’s wounds were worse than anything imagined. Even with limited supplies of soap and water, and patients dying of cholera, typhoid, Florence started to work.
Nothing brings more pride and respect for where nursing was more than 150 years ago and where it is today, then this account of her works:
The no-nonsense Nightingale quickly set to work. She procured hundreds of scrub brushes and asked the least infirm patients to scrub the inside of the hospital from floor to ceiling. Nightingale herself spent every waking minute caring for the soldiers. In the evenings, she moved through the dark hallways carrying a lamp while making her rounds, ministering to patient after patient. The soldiers, who were both moved and comforted by her endless supply of compassion, took to calling her “the Lady with the Lamp.” Others simply called her “the Angel of the Crimea.” Her work reduced the hospital’s death rate by two-thirds. (A & E Television Networks LLC, 2017)
These same characteristics are in the nurses we work with at SHF and the profession of nursing today:
- caring and compassionate
- persistence to advocate for our patients
- standards proven to promote healing
- determination to provide the best care to our patients
- trust and respect from our patients and their families
St. Hope’s, CEO, Rodney Goodie, would like to Thank the St. Hope Foundation nurses for their dedication and efforts to the patients. We would not be as successful as we are without the support of our nurses.