Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Florence Nightingale was a Victorian rebel

Born into a well-connected British family, Nightingale was expected to marry well and produce a bevy of children, the same as any wealthy young lady of that era. But Nightingale followed a different path, one that would put her at odds with her beloved family and one that she believed to be a calling from God. Florence Nightingale became a nurse.
In 1860, Nightingale saw another one of her passions realized—a training school for nurses. Housed at St. Thomas’ Hospital, the Nightingale Training School opened its doors to fifteen intrepid probationers. It was then modern trained nursing was born.While President Barack Obama and Democrats continue to pat themselves on the back for pushing through a health care law that still mystifies most Americans, the U.S. news media neglects to cover stories regarding the horrors of government-controlled medicine in other countries.

The International Committee of the Red Cross awarded 39 medals this year, to nurses and nursing aides from 18 nations. Medal recipients were active in public health, conflict situations, disaster situations and nursing education.

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