The 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday was marked by International Nurses day on the 12th of May 2020. She is known as, “The Lady with the Lamp”, and is recognised to have started nursing as we know it. Her legacy also inspired the World Health Organisation to officially declare 2020 as The International Year of the Nurse, in recognition of the contribution Nurses make.
Amidst Covid-19, 2020 is a year like no other, as countries around the world acknowledge the sacrifices made by nurses and nursing for the continued health of their communities.
“Wise and humane management of the patient is the best safeguard against infection.”
– Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale, also recognised as “The Mother of Nursing”, worked extraordinarily hard to counter the prevalent and negative perception of nurses. In 1859 she wrote a book, “Notes on Nursing”. This shed a light on the profession and soon became a standard textbook for training nurses around the globe. Her very first requirement in any hospital was that it should do no harm to the sick, and that it should allow each person to share the truth from their own experience.
She was consumed with advancing the cleanliness levels in the hospital setting and beyond, by using mathematical statistics to prove that such interventions make a difference.
Our nurses continue to leave a major impact on history. The past 200 years since “The Lady of the Lamp” was recognised as the pioneer in this field, has certainly proved this to be true. Being a nurse is not just a job, but a heartfelt calling. Her glowing lamp, which stands as a symbol for all nurses, represents the comforting LIGHT that a nurse becomes to her patients, and the hope she brings to those who are suffering. It is synonymous with goodwill, reliability and compassion.
Helderberg Hospice appreciates all nurses and the work they so unselfishly do, as well as those who stand behind and support them.
“I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.”