Nightingale Assignment

Topics: Nursing, Florence Nightingale, Patient, Nurse / Pages: 3 (843 words) / Published: Aug 8th, 2015
Amanda Hignite
Introduction to Success in Nursing & College
Mon. 9a-10:50a
Professor King
Nightingale Assignment What makes a good nurse some would say it’s the knowledge, kindness, humbleness, cleanliness, and strength. All of these descriptions fit what a nurse is and there countless more words that just begin to describe what a nurse truly is. After reading the document of Florence Nightingale’s words to her nursing students I felt very compelled and drawn in by her words and convinced this is the career for me. I recently got my State Tested Nurses Aide license over the summer and started a new job as a nursing aid at a nursing home and have fell in love with what I do. I get to see firsthand what nurses do every day by working alongside them. These quotes pulled from Florence Nightingale’s speech to her students have really set my mind in motion. Although nursing school is said from here say one of the hardest schooling to be completed by an individual it is one of the most rewarding careers. So what makes a good nurse, not just a nurse, a nurse that goes above and beyond what is expected of her or him. According to Florence Nightingale “It is not the certificate which makes the nurse” (1888, p146) a piece of paper can only get you so far in life it is the experience, personality, and compassion for people and their health that coincide with the knowledge attained in nursing school. In be a nursing aide you see firsthand some of the nastiest things but after being properly trained you look at changing a dirty brief as preventative care or caring for the helpless. In doing these tasks you come to appreciate that you are being entrusted by your patients to provide quality healthcare and care in general. Do I enjoy doing this task not in its entirety but I know it is not about what I like but about the patient and this is what you sign up for when you become a nurse. Florence Nightingale once quoted “To do the indelicate work of the Wards,

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