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Meeting Challenges – Ripple Effects July 3, 2017

Posted by mariemanthey in History, Inspiration, Leadership, Professional Practice, Values.
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Nursing through a lens of history.

As we celebrate the victory in battle that lead to the signing of the Declaration of Independence this weekend, my thoughts are on how often nursing is spotlighted and impacted during wartime.  A cataclysmic example of this is the lasting affect  of Florence Nightingale’s work during the battle of Crimea.

That situation was a terrible one, full of despair and unpredictability.  Florence went voluntarily into that mess  because of how desperate it was, and acted on her values, knowledge and skills to change that reality. The depth of the damage to soldiers and the impact of her reforms  set in motion a profound  reaction, which in this instance included seeds of change vastly greater in scope than that particular problem.   The death rate among hospitalized soldiers was amazingly reduced due to her reforms, and the whole country of England honored her for this achievement.

In particular, she provided compassion, and she managed the environment to a degree of sanitation that was new to that setting. The depth and cohesion of her response to that situation was beyond what anyone expected.  No one involved in that war would have  predicted or imagined that the outcome of that war would be the modern practice of nursing.

When people engage in the struggle to do their best in difficult times, positive outcomes are more likely.. not only in that moment, but decades and centuries later.

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1. Heidi - July 3, 2017

Well said!!!


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