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  • Writer's pictureAlanna Maria

FN an RN

The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower. - Florence Nightengale (F.N.)

Today is a good day to recognize someone, a good day to tell the world how proud I feel, a good day to let someone know they are the very best at what they do - and that despite the attitudes of others, they should never change who they are and how they conduct themselves.

Today I want my sister to know how amazing she is.

I want her to know that she is strong, amazing and impressive.

I have been reading up on an old gal, Florence Nightingale, and my research has led to me to see something that I have always believed. Florence dreamed up modern nursing, she took nursing to a new level, she established the first secular school of nursing and she's known, with her lamp, for making her night rounds to check on her patients.

Here are some of Florence's thoughts:

- I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.

- I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.

- The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.

- So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.

Florence was pretty amazing - but this is what I see, I see her legacy and I see it in my sister. I see my sister doing extra rounds at night and throughout her shifts to make sure her patients are okay, even if that means just making sure they are happy. I see her giving a patient a manicure because they hate having dirty hands, I see her standing up to doctors and other nurses to ensure the patients are treated with the utmost ethical and moral care, I see her making them laugh and holding their hands in their last minutes of life. I see her carrying on exactly what Florence Nightingale dreamed nursing would become. I see that she is doing exactly what she should be, and I see that anyone who has her as their nurse is most definitely in good hands.

I'm so very proud of you, stick to your guns - you're a modern Florence and I bet she's dang proud, just like me.

- lovefrommaria

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