Sunday, November 11, 2012

War and Nursing

On Veteran’s Day, it is only fitting that we consider and thank all of the military nurses who have served and continue to serve.  In addition to the influence they have and had on our country, we thank them for the influence they have had over our daily practice.
Nursing practice is tied to war.  Many of the practices, interventions, and actions we perform as nurses and take for granted as a part of our profession came about because of war. 
In fact, the very foundation of our profession is credited to Florence Nightingale and her work during the Crimean War.  In the first of many post-war changes to the nursing profession, Florence is recognized for creating the first “real” school of nursing, the original program upon which the education we all received is based.
I hope you will indulge me this week while I attempt to celebrate the contribution of veteran nurses to the knowledge and privileges we experience today.
Happy Veteran's Day

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