Topic 2 DQ 1- #2

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Please write a Paragraph answering to this discussion below with your opinion:

As I was viewing through this media piece and reflecting on my recent opportunity to visit the Florence Nightingale museum I am amazed at how far nursing as a profession has come in such a short amount of time. It is important in any profession to learn the history to understand the how it influenced the practices that are current.

Nursing has always been a caring profession, prior to our understanding of the spread of infection and the nurses’ role in prevention patient centered care can be reviewed in many ways dating back before the 14th century. Through plagues and wars, it was crucial to have that care. (Nursing Timeline of Historical Events) In the 1800, nursing was starting to become an organized profession with educational programs and a focus on infection prevention and later the cause of illness. When at the museum I got to view a video clip of a foot amputation where it appeared there was no sterile technique and no anesthesia. It took over hundreds of years to realize that better patient outcomes may come from prevention and decreasing the spread of infection rather than just caring for the ill, to where we are so focused on disease prevention and infection control today. In the 1900’s nursing had finally become recognized as a profession with standardized education, a registry of qualified professionals. Nurses had the ability to spread their knowledge to the public to increase public health (Friberg & Creasia, 2016). However, in practice professional nurses would not be considered essential or equal by doctors and hospital administrators for many years.

As a new nurse understanding where nursing began and understanding how it has evolved over time makes me proud of the profession that I am in. Proud to have the knowledge to improve patient outcomes, weather being able and knowing I have the responsibility to promote patient rights, the knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology and its role in one’s health and the desire to always to good in my actions as a nurse.


Friberg, E. E., & Creasia, J. L. (2016). Conceptual foundations: The bridge to professional nursing practice. Maryland Heights, MO: Elsevier/Mosby

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