God has done all

Friday, May 06, 2016

 God has done all
National Nurse’s Day

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. (1820, May 12-1910, Aug 13).  She was an English woman and the founder of modern nursing. Her expertise was developed during the Crimean War.

The Crimean War,( 1853-1856),  named such because it was fought near Crimea (which is a major land mass on the northern coast of the Black Sea between Russia and the Ukraine and almost entirely surrounded by water.  At this time the Ottoman Empire was declining but they still controlled the rights of Christian minorities in the Holy Land.  The French promoted the rights of Catholics while Russia promoted the rights of Orthodox Christians. In 1853, the Ottoman Empire declared war on Russia and was defeated giving Russia control of the Black Sea with a key naval base at Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula.  France and Britain collaborated, attacked and captured Sevastopol.  Russia made peace in 1856, the religious issues were resolved and the Black sea was neutralized.

During this war, the presence of disease was very high.  Ten times more soldiers were dying of diseases than from battle wounds.  Under the authorization of Sidney Herbert, the Secretary of War, Florence Nightingale brought a team of 38 volunteer nurses to care for the British soldiers fighting in the war, which was intended to limit Russian expansion into Europe. Florence, herself, visited the wounded during the nights and became known as "The Lady with the Lamp".  Because of the professional service of the nurses, nursing services developed a very high reputation, due in part, that this occurred during the Victorian era of Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901 which was a period of peace and prosperity, refinement and national self-confidence in Britain. 
In 1860, Florence established the first secular nursing school in the world at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London.  Her ideas are still important for health care and society today.  She is known for her involvement in social reforms, population health and female participation in the work force. 

Some of Florence Nightingale’s quotes

“Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better”

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.

I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore.

“If I could give you information of my life it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do in His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing. I have worked hard, very hard, that is all; and I have never refused God anything.”

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