Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC was an English nurse, writer and statistician. She came to prominence during the Crimean War for her pioneering work in nursing, and was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night to tend injured soldiers. Nightingale laid the foundation stone of professional nursing with the principles summarised in the book Notes on Nursing.
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How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.
I think one's feelings waste themselves in words;
they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
One discovers the new world. But rather, ten times rather, die in the surf, heralding the way to that new world, than stand idly on the shore.
I attribute my success to this I never gave or took any excuse.
Badly constructed houses do for the healthy what badly constructed hospitals do for the sick. Once insure that the air in a house is stagnant, and sickness is certain to follow.
Never speak to an invalid from behind, nor from the door, nor from any distance from him, nor when he is doing anything. The official politeness of servants in these things is so grateful to invalids, that many prefer, without knowing why, having none but servants about them.
I have learned to know God. I have recast my social belief... All my admirers are married; most of my friends are dead; and I stand with all the world before me, where to choose a path to make in it.
The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.
I can expect no sympathy or help from my family.
Nursing is a progressive art such that to stand still is to go backwards.
It is the unqualified result of all my experience with the sick that, second only to their need of fresh air, is their need of light; that, after a close room, what hurts them most is a dark room and that it is not only light but direct sunlight they want.
At present we live to impede each other's satisfactions;
competition, domestic life, society, what is it all but this?
Why do people sit up so late, or, more rarely, get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have no time in the day to themselves.
Every nurse ought to be careful to wash her hands very frequently during the day. If her face, too, so much the better.
Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses....we must be learning all of our lives.
To understand God's thoughts, one must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose.
The amount of relief and comfort experienced by the sick after the skin has been carefully washed and dried, is one of the commonest observations made at a sick bed.
Poetry and imagination begin life. A child will fall on its knees on the gravel walk at the sight of a pink hawthorn in full flower, when it is by itself, to praise God for it.
Women never have a half-hour in all their lives (excepting before or after anybody is up in the house) that they can call their own, without fear of offending or of hurting someone. Why do people sit up so late, or, more rarely, get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have 'no time in the day to themselves.' 1852
No woman has excited "passions" among women more than I have. Yet I leave no school behind me.
Bismarck was a large persian cat owned by Florence Nightingale.
Hospitals are only an intermediate stage of civilization
For it may safely be said, not that the habit of ready and correct observation will by itself make us useful nurses, but that without it we shall be useless with all our devotion.
Statistics is the most important science in the whole world: for upon it depends the practical application of every other science and of every art: the one science essential to all political and social administration, all education, all organization based on experience, for it only gives results of our experience.
Never give nor take an excuse.
I use the word nursing for want of a better.
The world is put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality.
Christ, if he had been a woman, might have been nothing but a great complainer
Instead of wishing to see more doctors made by women joining what there are, I wish to see as few doctors, either male or female, as possible. For, mark you, the women have made no improvement -- they have only tried to be men and they have only succeeded in being third-rate men.
God spoke to me and called me to His Service.
What form this service was to take the voice did not say.
I can stand out the war with any man.
My family tried to educate me in the way they thought a young woman should be.
But I wanted to learn about mathmatics. I must have gotten that from my father, he was a master of math and science, and I always liked that sort of thing, too. Of course my mother and father did not agree with me on becoming more educated in mathmatics, but I was persistent and eventualy they gave in and I was taught by a wonderful teacher.
Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, by color, and light, we do know this, that they have an actual physical effect.
A human being does not cease to exist at death. It is change, not destruction, which takes place.
Law is no explanation of anything; law is simply a generalization, a category of facts. Law is neither a cause, nor a reason, nor a power, nor a coercive force. It is nothing but a general formula, a statistical table.
The very elements of what constitutes good nursing are as little understood for the well as for the sick. The same laws of health or of nursing, for they are in reality the same, obtain among the well as among the sick.
That Religion is not devotion, but work and suffering for the love of God;
this is the true doctrine of Mystics.
Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head (not, how can I always do this right thing myself, but) how can I provide for this right thing to be always done?
Mysticism: to dwell on the unseen, to withdraw ourselves from the things of sense into communion with God - to endeavour to partake of the Divine nature; that is, of Holiness.
Remember my name-- you'll be screaming it later.
For the sick it is important to have the best.
Unnecessary noise is the most cruel abuse of care which can be inflicted on either the sick or the well.
The account he gives of nurses beats everything that even I know of.
This young prophet says that they are all drunkards, without exception, Sisters and all, and that there are but two whom the surgeon can trust to give the patients their medicines.
The night is given to us to take breath, to pray, to drink deep at the fountain of power.