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Florence Nightingale

Dátum narodenia: 12. máj 1820
Dátum úmrtia: 13. august 1910
Ďalšie mená: Florence Nightingaleová

Florence Nightingale bola anglická ošetrovateľka, ktorá založila prvú školu pre ošetrovateľky na svete.

Trpela chronickým únavovým syndrómom.



„You do not want the effect of your good things to be, "How wonderful for a woman!" nor would you be deterred from good things, by hearing it said, "Yes, but she ought not to have done this, because it is not suitable for a woman." But you want to do the thing that is good, whether it is "suitable for a woman" or not.

It does not make a thing good, that it is remarkable that a woman should have been able to do it. Neither does it make a thing bad, which would have been good had a man done it, that it has been done by a woman.

Oh, leave these jargons, and go your way straight to God's work, in simplicity and singleness of heart.“
Notes On Nursing

„Lo importante no es lo que nos hace el destino, sino lo que nosotros hacemos de él.“


„Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore.“

„Woman has nothing but her affections,--and this makes her at once more loving and less loved.“ Cassandra

„I attribute my success to this:—I never gave or took an excuse.“

„If a nurse declines to do these kinds of things for her patient, "because it is not her business," I should say that nursing was not her calling. I have seen surgical "sisters," women whose hands were worth to them two or three guineas a-week, down upon their knees scouring a room or hut, because they thought it otherwise not fit for their patients to go into. I am far from wishing nurses to scour. It is a waste of power. But I do say that these women had the true nurse-calling—the good of their sick first, and second only the consideration what it was their "place" to do—and that women who wait for the housemaid to do this, or for the charwoman to do that, when their patients are suffering, have not the making of a nurse in them.“ Notes on Nursing What It Is, and What It Is Not

„Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.“

„Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head (not, how can I always do this right thing myself, but) how can I provide for this right thing to be always done?“ Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not


„The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.“ Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not

„The martyr sacrifices herself entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for she makes the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.“ Ever Yours, Florence Nightingale: Selected Letters

„Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift-there is nothing small about it.“

„A woman cannot live in the light of intellect. Society forbids it. Those conventional frivolities, which are called her 'duties', forbid it. Her 'domestic duties', high-sounding words, which, for the most part, are but bad habits (which she has not the courage to enfranchise herself from, the strength to break through), forbid it.“


„I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.“

„Women never have a half-hour in all their lives (excepting before or after anybody is up in the house) that they can call their own, without fear of offending or of hurting someone. Why do people sit up so late, or, more rarely, get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have 'no time in the day to themselves.' 1852“

„The most important pratical lesson that can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe-how to observe-what symptoms indicate improvement-what the reverse-which are of importance-which are of none-which are the evidence of neglect-and of what kind of neglect.“ Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not

„I must strive to see only God in my friends, and God in my cats.“

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