Florence Nightingale is probably the most infamous nurse ever known. While many have heard her name and associate her with being a “nurse”; the reality is that Florence Nightingale founded professional nursing as we know it today.
The History of Nursing
Florence Nightingale wasn’t the only “nurse” in the mid 1800’s but she made a name by helping those who were injured during the Crimean War (1853 – 1856); visiting patients in the dark cover of the night. Her heroic acts during this 3 year period, in the cover of night, began the acknowledgement of nurses as medical professionals with knowledge to help those in need.
Nurses have changed dramatically through the centuries. Today nurses work in many different scenarios, including in home healthcare. The nursing field is no longer limited to just females either; as men are now accepted & prominent as excellent nurses.
Nurses can take their careers to various levels, depending upon the education they receive.
- Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) – this level, while technically not a nurse, includes generalized education to provide excellent care as a nursing assistant, orderly, certified nursing assistant, home health aide, care attendant and more.
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) – nurses at this level require education that generally takes 1-2 years; however, the type of education can vary from college programs to certification levels at technical/vocational schools. Nurses who have are LPN’s always work under RN’s, CRNP’s and any other medically licensed professional such as doctors.
- Registered Nurse (RN) – this level of nursing can receive their education via a 4 year Bachelor’s Degree (BSN) referred to as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; or a 2 year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN); or Diploma in Nursing, which is generally received by attending a hospital based program. Diploma in Nursing courses have dwindled through the years and, although they are the oldest type of degree for nursing, they have become slightly harder to find.
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – receiving your MSN allows you to become a CRNP (Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner), a Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Educator/Faculty Member, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, or a Nurse Midwife. To receive your MSN you would bridge your education from another nursing program that would certify you as an RN and continue the education process to earn your Master of Science in Nursing.
Thanking A Nurse
May is when the official National Nurses Week takes place; a time to honor and thank those that give so much to helping others in their time of need. If you can, take the time to thank the nurses in your life!
- Send/Give a Card – nothing expensive, a simple thank you to the nurses who care for you lets them know that you truly appreciate them.
- Fruit Basket – send a healthy message with a fruit basket to a group of nurses or the nurse that makes a difference in your life.
- Picture – if you have an in-home nurse who cares for you, ask someone to take a picture of the two of you together & put it in an inexpensive frame. Wrap it up as a gift to let him/her know you appreciate them.
- Simply Say Thank You – sometimes the best “gift” you can receive are kind words of thanks.
This is the month to tell the nurses in your life that you’re glad they chose to be a nurse. If you think you would be interested in becoming an important factor in a growing profession, it’s never too late to become a nurse! Learn more about what it takes to become a nurse here!
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