Tuesday, May 8, 2012



It is NURSES WEEK. . . and I just thought we should give Flo a few kudo's for all she did to lay the foundation for nursing as we know it today. . . 

When I was in nursing, I sort of resented her cause she was held in such high esteem and  "what would Flo have done?"  was reverberating in my head as I did 'unlike Flo' things.  But now as I have learned more about her. . . She was a pretty incredible woman.  I would have loved her maverick, no-nonsense attitude. I can just see her stepping into a hospital unit, opening the curtains, and throwing open the windows, splashing the room with color from her magic wand.

"I use the word nursing 
for want of a better.
 It has been limited to signify little more than the administration of medicines and the application of poultices. 
It ought to signify the proper use of fresh air, light, warmth, cleanliness, quiet, and the proper selection and administration of diet."

She was one empowered woman!! And way ahead of the times!! One of the first woman activists to making the world a better place!! 
She had a voice and she used it!!

"The very first requirement in a Hospital that 
 it should do the sick no harm

"Women never have a half-hour in all their lives that they can call their own, without fear of offending or of hurting someone." [1852] 

WOW--Not much has changed in 2012!!!!!!!!

"The object and color in the materials around us 
actually have a physical effect on us, on how we feel.” 

“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.”  


" How very little can be done under the spirit of fear."

"Nursing is an art
and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation,
 as any painter's or sculptor's work; 
for what is the have to do with dead canvas or dead marble,
 compared with having to do with the living body?
 It is one of the Fine Arts:

Retired nurse

1 comment:

Cowgirl said...

All hail the nurses!!! Especially, Nurse K-grrl, who tells it like it is and pulls no punches. Honest to the point of pain and easy going in the face of all seriousness, the one I want by my side in my time of need.
Help me Divine Nurse-Goddess to heal and go forth and multiply, divide, add and subtract. Yes, I have had a glass of wine (or three)...can you tell? Love you like I have a fever....