Did you know that Walt Whitman was a nurse?! Me neither! Whitman was diverse. Known for his most famous work, Leaves of Grass, a collection of poetry, Walt Whitman ensued compassionate caregiving at the age of 43, after visiting his brother, a vet in the war. The “diarrhea deaths” impacted him so much that it catapulted him into 7+ years of hospital work and along the way he continued to write. “The Wound Dresser” recants his experience, circa 1870, dealing with the visual atrocities that soldiers underwent. During this time in New England, three “Florence Nightengale principles” schools were shifting away from diversity. These consistent, structured, technical schools imposed stringent parameters that became models to create a more efficient nurse. Nursing was no longer diverse in its methodology of delivering education. I see how this will impact me. By learning proper procedures I will be a better care team member. Nurses can be diverse, like Walt Whitman, but the procedures should be uniform. I’d like to think that with the proper education I’ll be able to tackle the diverse situations that come my way!
This week we studied about the shifts in nursing that came about due to Florence Nightingale. She revolutionized hygiene practices directly related to the care of patients- a good change. She also manifested a better image of the modern day nurse., by creating a standard education for them. Many consolations were made in order for this to have happened. Her family’s predetermined notion that she would be an elite social hostess had to change, as did her fellow nurses’ ideas of Florence being a kind soul. She was the “Lady with the Lamp”, not the Lady with the compassionate heart. One of my cohorts remarked that it was a shame that Florence, with her unbreakable will to grasp the power that a man was entitled to, only chose to concentrate on nursing procedures. (What if she had focused on woman’s rights?! Only a speculation, but she wielded a lot of power, so another paradigm could have been formed concerning woman’s roles.) She was ahead of her time and not afraid of change. That’s inspiring! I can choose to go forth and be adaptive- change is good!
Wow! The pressure to formulate a WIKI Page insert is Huge! My pressure is nothing compared to the nurse of the past though. This week I learned of brave nurses that overcame slavery to live a long life of caregiving< In addition, I found out about the first asylum formed in Pennsylvania by the Quakers. They believed that to heal one must have their pressure alleviated through exposure to nature and sunlight. I agree and I use walking on the river with my dogs to relieve the pressures of pre nursing classes. Pressure is another component of nursing so it’s good to find one’s own way of dispelling it!
This week I learned a lot about the stick-to-it-ness of the nurses of the 17th and 18th centuries. For example, despite the Reformation and the disassembling of the helpful monasteries, nurses prevailed, often taking on responsibilities of apothecaries, physicians, and even surgeons! Wow! Wealthy individuals were a pinnacle source in assisting persistent nurses by offering private employment or sponsorship for outreach programs. Daughters of the Holy Spirit was one such program founded by two brave women. When France moved to a Parliamentary system many hard working women became secular caregivers and subdued epidemics while improving their own social statuses. And on the homefront, tenacious Ben Franklin empowered women by creating basic elderly care training within his almshouse. The attribute of tenacity is one that nurses, including myself someday, absolutely need! There will be days when determination and grit will not only save a life but will also advance the way nursing is perceived and delivered. Tenacity and nursing history go hand in hand!
Wow! This first week of my very first nursing class was full of insights such as learning the art of blogging, networking, and collaborating! From the before the sixteenth-century “collaborators” were up against religious beliefs, wars, and early deaths. Healers passed their knowledge down to their daughters at the risk of being burned at the stake, but university changed people’s paradigms and they felt less threatened. The Black Plague was the catalyst for hospitals to be built, creating more need for healthcare professionals. “Heath First” mindset allowed Knight Templar-like men to be anti-discriminatory when doling out help. Wet nurses or “Nutrices” provided shared breastfeeding and it was a profession in which to be proud. I’ve learned all this from my TEAM, who represent the “now” and it doesn’t stop there. We will continue to put our noggins together to create literature to benefit future nurses by way of a Wiki page on a little-known nurse figure…stay tuned!!
“Let’s Roll” was the phrase that a 911 hero used as he urged his fellow airline passengers to work as a team to collectively overthrow hijackers. He was a brave man who saw that he could make a difference…but not by himself! Nurses need each other. TOGETHER they create synergies. I’m very excited to experience that this summer as I take my first steps into the nursing team world; let’s roll!
My name is Kathleen, but I go by Kacie and I “Wanna Be” a great nurse! I have enjoyed working in the field of hospice as a certified nursing assistant for 15 years and I’m looking forward to learning more about being an RN with a Bachelors Degree specializing in gerontology. I live in beautiful Heber, Ut. with my husband of 26 years. We raised our four children in the diverse Seattle outskirts and now find ourselves surrounded in another great outdoor area with our two dogs. I seek flowing water and great places to hike. Currently, it is my pleasure to pick up where I left off with my education and experience the technology of today, which makes “wanting to be a nurse” even more interesting!