I read a timeline about the 1870’s. Three schools of nursing inspired by the work of Florence Nightingale opened in New York City, New Haven, Connecticut, and Boston, Massachusetts in 1873. The trianings and teachings of Nightingale shaped the idea of these hospitals. Many thing I have read about this time period have all been about Nightingale. This women changed the history of nursing. In 1873 the fist set of missionary nurses were sent to take care of the poor. In 1979 Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American professional nurse to graduate from the New England Hospital and Training School for Women and Children. This school provided one African American and one Jewish student per year. It amazes me how that schools started letting in African Americans this time of year and the U. S. continued to have struggles with color all the way through the 1900’s.
This week I searched about the 1830’s through the 1850’s. I found a lot of information about Florence Nightingale. She gave nursing a high reputation in the 1850’s and became an icon of Victorian culture. She served as a nurse and trainer in the Crimean War helping wounded soldiers. News got back to Brittan about the wounded. She had trained over 38 women to help out taking care of the soldiers. There was a shortage of medicine and hygiene simply. After Nightingale sent a plea to the government for solutions to the poor condition of the facilities. The British Government commissioned a hospital that could be built in England and shipped to the Dardanelles. The result was Renkioi Hospital. The death rate was reduced from 42% to 2%. During this decade was the change and importance in her career.
This week I read articles about what nursing was like from 1800-1829. By this time nursing was expanding tremendously especially in Europe and slowly moving over to America. Nuns that’s had been working as nurses were forced to leave the profession and stay at home. There were not enough hospitals for everyone. Nurses were in high demand. Those who practiced nursing were beginning to develop new services as well like offering care to those within the estate of their patron’s. While staying at the estate, these nurses would often be required to perform the duties of apothecaries, physicians and surgeons.
Reading this I thought it was so interesting that nursing has and always will be a high demanding work profession. There are always nursing opportunities.
This week I learned about the history of nursing in the 17th century. In America at the time of the Revolutionary war women became apart of healthcare. They turned from home caregivers to nurses on the battlefield. Originally men were always the nurses and medical help everywhere, until President George Washington wanted the men to fight and the women to help out with the sick and wounded. It became a natural thing for women to take the role of a nurse because the women were the ones taking care of children and others. The women daughters, who followed the men and fathers around as they traveled through the military, became useful as nurses and were able to make money to support a family. This was one of the first organized nursing systems in America. However this became dangerous for women to work at nurses in the military because they were exposed to deadly diseases. Because of this there was always a shortage of nurses. The first hospital opened in Philadelphia in 1751. This was an amazing opportunity for nurses to grow and become the most popular profession.
I am now taking a class called NURS-490R: Nursing Across the Ages. I am very excited because we are learning about the history of nursing. Some background information about me is that I am studying to be a nurse. I am still finishing up my general classes so that I am able to apply to a nursing program soon. I have always wanted to be a nurse. My mother has been a nurse for 25 years. She works in labor and delivery mostly but helps out at other hospitals in the recovery room and more. It has been a great career for her. I want to get my nursing degree and hopefully move on to be more specialized. I really want to work in oncology pediatrics. My little brother was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was 2 years old. He went through over 3 years chemotherapy. Luckily he is doing great now and a normal 13-year-old boy. I hope to help kids like my brother.
My first week in this class I have gotten to know the material and what I am going to be learning during this coarse. I am very excited. I hope to gain a better understanding of the history of nursing and many different fields of nursing.
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