Historical Development of Nursing Timeline

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Historical Development of Nursing Timeline


January 27, 2014

Historical Development of Nursing Timeline

The history of nursing has change within the last two decade with the help from nursing theorist. Nursing theorists has paved the way on how care is given and the treatment that is given to each patient. The main focus from each theorist was focused and center on comforting, caring and nurturing the patient back to optimal health. Nursing today has changed dramatically due to the many theorists that have paved the way. Nursing has adopted their concepts to fit the changing of modern time. Nursing will continue to evolve around the concepts that were started decades ago by some of the great minds who have shaped the way of the future and will continue to do so. Florence Nightingale (1860): Nightingale main focus was the control of the environment of individuals and their families both healthy and ill through ventilation, cleanliness, light, and nutrition (George, 2011). Florence Nightingale was known as the “lady with the lamp” (George, 2011) during the Crimean war. This is where she used her knowledge of cleanliness that stared and paved the future of nursing. Her concepts are still use today and will continue to evolve and shape the role of nurse and patient care. Florence Nightingale concepts are a major influence on nursing cleanliness, ventilation, and nutrition this is very important to maintain the best optimal health of patients. Hildegard E. Peplau (1952): Peplau believed that the nurse and patient meet as two strangers and the patient or the family has a felt need (George, 2011).

Nursing as a science

George, J. B. (2011). Nursing theories: The base for professional nursing practice (6th

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