Content first published at PersonaPaper, May 12, 2015.
May 12th is International Nurses Day . This special day has been celebrated since 1965. The date was chosen because it is the B-Day (birthday) for Florence Nightingale , a pioneer in healthcare and health reform, and the mother of modern nursing. Because of her efforts in the field of nursing many others did not have experience their own personal D-Day (day of death).
Have always been taught to admire and respect this woman but never really learned very much about her. Decided it was time to collect a few more additional facts about this remarkable lady. Learned two things about her that are "news" to me.
- Did not know she was a mathematical genius. Although that really comes as no surprise. She was in fact a very gifted child and excelled in mathematics and science.
- Did not know she believed that she was called by God. That too really comes as no surprise. Most people who defy the norms of their day, particularly women, and determine to set out on a specific path or chart a course despite the objections or oppositions or great peril to one's life, to achieve anything are usually driven by a "voice" that nobody else can hear except them. They so firmly that they have been called to their mission or task that they can not be dissuaded because it would violate their conscience and they would genuinely feel that the failure to respond to the calling would be like a betrayal to mankind.
So here is little Miss Nightingale, born into a family with sufficient financial means to educate her and develop her knowledge, skills and abilities, and prepare her for her life's work. She grows to womanhood and there is a sea of humanity outside her door where she can put this "real wealth" to good use. Their "voices" can not be ignored. Not by her anyway.
Learn more about Florence Nightingale.
- Florence Nightingale - Timeline
- Florence Nightingale - English Nurse
- Florence Nightingale - Biographical Sketch