Today the Episcopal Church remembers Florence Nightingale. (1820-1910)
I want to honor all nurses along with her, and may add a bit to this post later in the day. (My blogging is going to get sporadic the next few weeks while I retreat to work on a Big Academic Tome and other personal writings offline.)
Meanwhile, here are some biographies. Read 'em. This is one interesting woman.
There is a good bio at the Daily Office site. Go here and then scroll down (below Canticle 18) and click on Florence Nightingale's name for the bio by James Keifer.
From the Florence Nightingale Museum in the U.K.
From Spartacus School U.K. online.
This one, shorter, has a focus on the conditions patients endured in FN's day.
Note how appalling the nursing and medical conditions were in Nightingale's day and how much she changed them!
Life-giving God, who alone have power over life and death, over health and sickness: Give power, wisdom, and gentleness to those who follow the example of your servant Florence Nightingale, that they, bearing with them your Presence, may not only heal but pain and fear; through Jesus Christ, the healer of body and soul, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
************From the Daily Office site