On Thursday, we celebrate International Nurses' Day! From the International Council of Nurses:
International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.
I did not know this until I began researching for today's blog. Hmmm, what do I remember about Florence Nightingale? Very little. Here is a loving tribute
This little girl was to bear no children of her own but to become perhaps the most famous woman of all time and give birth to the profession of nursing as we know it today. In response to a call from God to nurse the sick poor she was to turn her back on love, wealth, society and comfort the likes of which few will ever know to single handed champion a new direction for women of the world and health of all its citizens. This was not to be an easy task.
It was not until the age of 33 that she dressed herself and did her own hair. The family house in Hampshire had 70 gardeners. The girls were presented to Queen Victoria at the ages of 17 and 16 years. She was to prove that the patients in London hospitals died at a rate of 90% while those sick that did not go to hospital died at a rate of 60%. She had one and only one desire and that was to nurse.
In the end she was to bring a health and comfort to the sick of the world as had never been seen nor conceived of before. And to the idle and disrespected women of her time and forever after she brought forth a profession and work and respect and independence never seen before.
Florence is best known as a pioneer in nursing wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. She earned the nickname, "The Lady with the Lamp", for visiting her patients at night. Florence reminds me of the nurses and other medical professionals currently serving overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. On Sunday, I introduced to a "joint" team of Tarin Kowt U.S. Medical Role 2E ... and they deserve a second introduction:
Pictured: Lisa, Cristina, Tamara, Maricruz, Tina, Whitney, Stephanie, Amanda, Tawni, and Sherry.
On the night shift: Joanna, and Tammy.
Mahalo, ladies, for your service! In honor of International Nurses' Day, I am giving away a book of choice from my RT stash, including copies of Eileen Dreyer's BARELY A LADY and NEVER A GENTLEMAN. According to her website, Eileen is a "retired trauma nusre" and ....
.... addicted traveler, having sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and admits she sees research as a handy way to salve her insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends. She's also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, although she doesn't see herself actively working in the field, unless this writing thing doesn't pan out.
To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about Florence Nightingale, care givers, and deployed women.
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, May 14, 10 pm. I'll announce the winner on Sunday, May 15.
Kim in Hawaii
If you would like to send a care package to the joint team or other deployed personnel, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for addresses. Every effort makes a difference!