The Lady with the Lamp

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"The Lady with the Lamp" For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to devote my life to helping other people. It wasn't until my sophomore year in high school when I started to explore the many things I could do with my life that would provide great benefits to the world around me. During a course in which I was taught the basics of nursing, I learned about one woman who was very inspirational to me, her name was Florence Nightingale. The struggles in which Florence Nightingale had been through led up to such great accomplishments which motivated me to reach my goal to become a nurse. Unlike many women of the 1800's Florence Nightingale was very educated and had a strong will to work (Ford).


In response, Nightingale used a private fund and the help from the governmental sanitary commission to clean up the work area and make conditions much safer for the injured soldiers and also the nurses (Florence). Several soldiers of the Crimean War began calling Nightingale "The lady with the lamp" because she not only devoted every day to taking care of the soldiers but she also came around ever night with a lamp to check up on the patients (Ford). Although Nightingale became ill during the war and never recovered completely, she didn't stop (Ford). Once she had returned from the Crimean War she was determined to improve the working conditions of military institutions and all hospitals and to improve the skills of nurses.


Nightingale achieved high positions in life, which was rare for women and usually dominated by men. And after all of those struggles and even after she became ill, Nightingale accomplished many remarkable things. Now, as I attend classes Florence Nightingale often reminds me of why I should stick to my goal of becoming a nurse. There have been multiple times when I wondered if any of the hardship I am going through is worth it and on several occasions all it takes to gain motivation is to think about how I could possibly make an impact on the world like Nightingale. I am also inspired to try my best to make it into the Nursing Program despite the many discouragements and the occasional disappointment because I know people such as Nightingale put so much dedication into expanding the training of nurses.

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