Nursing in the 19th century

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At the beginning of the 19th century, nursing had a low staus. By the end of the century, it had become a highly respected profession Florence Nightingale.

Florence Nightingale (1820- 1910)

  • Florence believed that it was God`s will for her to become a nurse.
  • Despite her parents intial opposition, she went to Germany in 1851 for training since there was none availible for britian.
  • In 1854, she was asked to lead a party of nurses to the Crimea to care for sick and wounded soldiers fighting in the Crimean War
  • while she was there, death rate for wounded soldiers fell from 42% to 2%
  • When she returned home, She published Notes on Nursing
  • In 1860, the Ightingale school of Nurses opened at St Thomas Hospital, London, with 15 students.
  • By 1887,Nightingale Nurses were going to work in countries across the world and by 1901, there were over 3,000 trained nurses and 2,000 student nurses in Hospitals in England.

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