Nursing goes all the way back to 40,000 BCE, where nurturing was a profession in the lives of many women. While men would go out hunting, the women would stay at home and care for the children. Moreover, at 300 AD, a rule was developed by the Roman Empire to have hospitals in every town to ensure that the sick were properly taken care of. The History of Nursing http://www.nursingschoolhub.com/history-nursing/ - 2017
Modern day nursing begins with Florence Nightingale. Nightingale insisted on pursuing her dream for a vocation in nursing. During the Crimean War in Turkey, the young nurse was teamed up with a small group of nurses to assist with tending to the injured British soldiers in the wards of the British base hospital.
International Nurses Day is held on May 12 every year to commemorate Nightingale’s birth and celebrates the importance in the role of being a nurse.
The unsanitary conditions really proved to be a problem in the hospitals. This would have been difficult for Nightingale as she was unaware at the time of the types of bacteria that caused diseases back then. She was soon after nick-named ‘Lady with the Lamp’, due to her times spent at night in the wards moving between beds comforting the injured soldiers. ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA https://www.britannica.com/biography/Florence-Nightingale – 2017 - Written by: Louise Selanders In 1860, the Nightingale School of Nursing at St Thomas’ Hospital was established in London, which was instrumental in setting up training for midwives and nurses. ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA https://www.britannica.com/topic/nursing - 2008 - Written by: Karen Buhler-Wilkerson and Patricia D'Antonio.
Modern Day Nursing
Since the 1800s, the nursing industry has had many major developments. Technology has become a huge significance in today’s society, especially in hospitals around the globe. Nurses are more experienced and have more knowledge in the way of the industry.
Many practices have changed in the hospitals over the years, such as what the nurses wear and the equipment they use.
The nurse’s uniform 50 years ago included a skirt, stockings and a cap
Modern day nurse’s wear scrubs that range from blues and grays
50 years ago, pieces of equipment like syringes were sterilized with fire and then reused. This is different to today as syringes are now thrown away after every use, which is a much more hygienic solution. Most syringes are made of plastic and were quite large, whereas they used to be made of glass.
How has Nursing changing in the past 50 years https://www.brainscape.com/blog/2015/06/nursing-changes/ - 2015 - Written by: Max Wilbert
Many nurses would live in the hospitals they worked at, back then they were a lot smaller and some looked more like houses. This would save having to pay for public or own transport. This is how most modern day nurses get around today.
Nursing has changed a lot over the years and is still developing today. New practices have changed the way we interpret the industry and are helping to improve the way employees work.