One discovers the new world. By the time she died there was germ theory, the laboratory and vaccines against cholera, typhoid and plague. Nursing was done by servants, and her family looked upon her idea, she wrote, as if she’d “gone to be a maid of all work.”. It wasn’t until I was practicing medicine in an old-fashioned hospital in San Francisco and learned that its comfortable open wards were “Nightingale wards” that I started to take an interest. ‘The Florence Nightingale Medal’, the highest international honor in the field of nursing, was named after Nightingale as a tribute for her outstanding contribution in the medical discipline. In medical school, as one of only 10 female students, I ignored Florence Nightingale assiduously. God spoke to me and called me to His Service. It is no such thing; ... nature alone cures. If I could give you information of my life it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do in His service what He has done in her. Live your life while you have it. And nothing but observation and experience will teach us the ways to maintain or to bring back the state of health. Unless we are making progress in our nursing every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back. Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have no time in the day to themselves. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing. She didn’t accept being told in her own life, and she wouldn’t have wanted us to accept it in ours. The night is given us to take breath, to pray, to drink deep at the fountain of power. If her face, too, so much the better. Then I got to the end of the book, where Nightingale lays out one of the first sets of hospital mortality statistics collected. They invariably prefer a story to be told to them, rather than read to them. Those conventional frivolities, which are called her 'duties', forbid it. The best surgeon was whoever could amputate a leg in less than 90 seconds; appendicitis often meant death. I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse. Her family was wealthy in a “Downton Abbey” sort of way, with cooks, butlers and maids. May we hope that, when we are all dead and gone, leaders will arise who have been personally experienced in the hard, practical work, the difficulties, and the joys of organizing nursing reforms, and who will lead far beyond anything we have done! Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820 in Florence, Italy. I have seen a patient fall flat on the ground who was standing when his nurse came into the room. So much of what she fought for we take for granted today — our beautiful hospitals, the honored nursing profession, data-driven research. What would she have thought of the Affordable Care Act? “To understand God’s thought, we must study statistics,” she wrote. Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit? A collection of Florence Nightingale quotes and sayings on nursing, life, death, war, peace, giving, devotion, health, heaven, motivation, nurses, passion, suffering etc. Life is a hard fight, a struggle, a wrestling with the principle of evil, hand to hand, foot to foot. The same laws of health or of nursing, for they are in reality the same, obtain among the well as among the sick. Sick children, if not too shy to speak, will always express this wish. We know nothing of the principle of health, the positive of which pathology is the negative, except from observation and experience. What would have worried her about the health care act is that its balance is off: It gives too much power to the telling of economists and lawyers and too little to the calling of doctors and nurses. There are more than 300 Nightingale biographies and 16 volumes of her writings. The world is put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality. Why were they called that? Have you ever had a nurse manager who tried … It was the first war with correspondents at the front, and they reported on the thousands of soldiers dying at hospitals from typhoid fever, cholera and dysentery. What I learned is that after the Crimean War from 1853 to 1856, in which thousands of British soldiers died from infections, Nightingale visited almost every hospital in Europe, analyzed them and then wrote up her findings in “Notes on Hospitals,” which became the guide to hospital architecture for the next century. People talk about imitating Christ, and imitate Him in the little trifling formal things, such as washing the feet, saying His prayer, and so on; but if anyone attempts the real imitation of Him, there are no bounds to the outcry with which the presumption of that person is condemned. I think one's feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results. It is the want of interest in our life which produces it; by filling up that want of interest in our life we can alone remedy it. Nursing is a progressive art such that to stand still is to go backwards. Our first journey is to find that special place for us. To understand God's thoughts, one must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose. It is change, not destruction, which takes place. The most important practical lesson that can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe - how to observe - what symptoms indicate improvement - what the reverse - which are of importance - which are of none - which are the evidence of neglect - and of what kind of neglect. As true today as it was 150 years ago — acerbic, witty and clear. Mysticism: to dwell on the unseen, to withdraw ourselves from the things of sense into communion with God - to endeavour to partake of the Divine nature; that is, of Holiness. The account he gives of nurses beats everything that even I know of. Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses....we must be learning all of our lives. When she was born there was no anesthesia and no antisepsis, hardly a thermometer, and no oxygen, IVs or antibiotics. There’s just one thing she would have missed — her belief that caring for the sick is not a business but a calling. excuse. It might even do for a horse. It is quite necessary, nevertheless, to lay down such a principle.”. She founded the first real school for nurses, and its graduates — “Nightingales”— carried her reformation throughout the world. As true today as it was 150 years ago — acerbic, witty and clear. The 'kingdom of heaven is within,' indeed, but we must also create one without, because we are intended to act upon our circumstances. I use the word nursing for want of a better. When she died, burial in Westminster Abbey was offered, though her family, respecting her wishes, turned it down. Never speak to an invalid from behind, nor from the door, nor from any distance from him, nor when he is doing anything. She turned down every suitor; she took every opportunity for training as a nurse, and eventually she won. Live life when you have it. What cruel mistakes are sometimes made by benevolent men and women in matters of business about which they can know nothing and think they know a great deal. The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results. Her life (1820-1910) spanned the 19th century, that bridge between the premodern and modern worlds, and she stood with a foot in each, with premodern feelings and modern ideas. Far the greatest things grow by God's law out of the smallest. The day, to use the strength which has been given us, to go forth to work with it till the evening. This young prophet says that they are all drunkards, without exception, Sisters and all, and that there are but two whom the surgeon can trust to give the patients their medicines. Press 102 Copy quote I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel. In her lifetime, she was esteemed. Society forbids it. Tweet on Twitter. Want of light stops growth and promotes scrofula, rickets, etc., among the children. Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter's or sculptor's work. February 14, 2020. That Religion is not devotion, but work and suffering for the love of God; this is the true doctrine of Mystics. As Nightingale ascended the ranks, she became a popular role-model for many young women, inspiring them to take on nursing. Popularly known as ‘the lady with the lamps’ by one and all, Florence Nightingale is the mother of modern nursing. Statistics had recently been applied to social phenomena by Adolphe Quetelet, and Nightingale was taken by them. “I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into …