Florence Nightingale: Change Agent

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Florence Nightingale: Change Agent

Before there was Sarah Palin or Hilary Clinton, there was Victoria Woodhull, who was the first woman to run for president in 1872, a time when women had no voice. During an era when women where domesticated beings and rarely educated, women like Annie Sullivan, teacher of Helen Keller, changed the lives of others through scholastic study. Before myself and my colleagues joined the ranks of nurses and made a creed to provide compassionate and proficient care to all, there were women like Florence Nightingale, a nurse and notable change agent in the field of medicine. Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820 during the Victorian Era in Florence; the city for which she was named. The ideal career choice for women during the Victorian Era was marriage. However, Florence Nightingale was not your ideal women. Florence Nightingale was an educated, driven, independent, caring humanitarian and activist who helped cultivate, and establish the field of nursing. Most women were not formally educated during the nineteenth century. Women were expected to learn common domestic skills, and utilize them as wives and mothers. This was not the path that Florence Nightingale took. Florence was born into a fairly wealthy family. Florence’s father, William Nightingale is notably responsible for pouring knowledge into his daughter. She was taught foreign languages, history, philosophy; and to her mother’s disadvantage, math. Even though Florence had been educated, and had many prospective husbands; she knew that she had a true calling on her life. Many would argue that Florence Nightingale’s drive is what made her successful. Through her driven mindset Florence Nightingale defied odds and overcame immense obstacles. Her caring mannerism and need to fulfill her desire to care for others, gave her a promising career, just like many nurses
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