Developments in nursing

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Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910) brought a new sense of discipline and professionalism to a job that had a very bad reputation at the time.

She became a nurse despite the opposition of  her family at the time, and studied in Europe from 1849.

The Crimean war broke out in march 1854.  Horror stories started to emerge out of the Barrack Hospital in Scutari, were the british wounded were being treated.

The Secretarty for the war demanded that Florence went to Scutari to sort out the nursing care in the hospital.

Despite opposition from the military, florence went - taking with her 38 hand picked nurses.  Before she arrived, the death rate in the hospital stood at 42%.  Two years later it had fallen to 2%.  This was mainly due to the huge inprovements Florence…


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