Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others. Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons. Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention. Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life. Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring. There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.
Florence Nightingale was a nurse, social reformer, statistician, author, educator, and humanitarian. She laid the foundation for modern nursing. Sanitation in care facilities, as well as, people’s homes became an important issue in part due to her work and philosophy.
Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy in 1820. She had an older sister and the wealthy, connected family moved back to England in 1821. Her father educated her. She traveled with her family and had experiences that compelled her to pursue nursing, which her family did not condone.
In 1847, Florence met Sidney Herbert who later facilitated her nursing work in the Crimean War. She traveled and then did medical training at The Institution of Kaiserswerth on the Rhine. In 1853, Florence took a job as superintendent at The Institute for the Care of Gentlewomen. In 1854, she and others were sent to the Ottoman Empire. They were deployed to the main British camp for the Crimean War.
Florence discovered poor care for the wounded soldiers there. Short on medicine, poor hygiene, and infections led to many deaths. Pleas for help and implemented hygiene practices improved death rates. Florence gained the nickname Lady with the Lamp for making solitary rounds during the night. In 1855, the Nightingale Fund was established to train nurses and to recognize her work during the war.
Training schools, books, and notes shared her knowledge at home and throughout the world. Her work was recognized for its contributions to the field. In 1883, Florence was awarded the Royal Red Cross by Queen Victoria. More accolades and honors were given to Florence Nightingale.
Years of sickness led to her death in 1910. Memorial monuments and more were constructed to honor her. Her impact was felt in the women’s movement, statistics, sanitary reform, theology, literature, and more. In 1912, the International Committee of the Red Cross established the Florence Nightingale Medal. Hospitals, monuments, museums, audio, theatre, film, television, banknotes, and more reflect her life’s impact on modern nursing and culture. Be inspired! Have a bright day!