Valdosta Daily Times

May 9, 2013

Celebrating nurses

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — She is considered the founder of modern nursing so it seems only natural that National Nurses Week would include Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

While many nurses are referred to as “Florence Nightingale,” Nightingale had a nickname of her own: “The Lady with the Lamp.”

Born May 12, 1820, Nightingale earned this nickname during the Crimean War when one correspondent noted that after the battles, after the soldiers had retired, and the medical officers slept, it was Florence Nightingale who continued tending the sick and the wounded deep into the night, traveling from bed to bed by the light of the “little lamp in her hand.” In the mid-1880s, Nightingale established a school to train nurses. She wrote “Notes on Nursing,” a book which remained a bestseller into the late 20th century.

The Nightingale example continues into the 21st century nearly 200 years after her 1820 birth. Nurses are trained individuals who continue their training throughout their lives.

And like Nightingale, they tend the sick and injured. They are the ones who answer patients’ calls and soothe patients’ pains. They perform these tasks throughout the day and night.

National Nurses Week began Monday, May 6, and continues through Sunday, May 12. If you’ve ever been in the hospital, ever had a relative who needed care, remember those nurses who comforted you or a loved one. Tell a nurse thanks this week for all they do and all they will continue to do.