Florence Nightingale and the History of Christianity in Nursing.
Florence Nightingale and the History of Christianity in Nursing essayFlorence Nightingale is the most well known figure in nursing history. She is best known for the advances she made in sanitation, hospital statistical records, public health and community nursing. Nightingale also wrote extensively on her religious, political and philosophical views and how they carried over into her duties as a Christian and nurse. Florence Nightingale’s contributions to nursing were largely influenced by her beliefs about God. Nightingale wrote extensively of her spiritual and religious beliefs and their connection to the way she practiced nursing. The nursing profession, as we know it today, has deep roots in Christianity. The role of spirituality in Florence Nightingales’s nursing practice is comparable to the Christian nurses who gave of themselves before her.Although it is difficult to trace the history of nursing to the beginning, it is theorized that people have nursed each other to some extent since the beginning of mankind. This primitive nursing was mainly the care of others within families and communities. Nursing as we know today, the care of comple…… middle of paper ……l notes. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.McDonald, L. (Ed.) (2002b). Florence Nightingale’s theology: Vol. 3: Essays, letters and journal notes. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.Nightingale, F. (1915). Florence Nightingale to her nurses. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited.Nightingale, F. (1969). Notes on nursing: What it is and what it is not. New York: Dover. (Original work published 1860)O’Brien, M. E. (2011). Spirituality in nursing: Standing on holy ground (4th ed.). Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett Pub.