The Lamp

Florence Nightingale’s Lamp

Nursing has been around since Biblical times, however,the women who held that position were considered poorly in the eyes of others.  That is until Florence Nightingale came around.
Ms. Nightingale was born into a wealthy English family and was raised to be more concerned with keeping the family image of visiting others without becoming involved with social issues of the day.  
Much to the chagrin of her mother and sister who tended to their responsibilities, young Florence spent time with the sick and the infirm, rather than just leaving well wishes for them.

As a young adult, her mother was highly disturbed and refused to allow Florence to travel to Germany so she could train side by side with physicians who were willing to train her as a nurse.  Florence’s father approved of this endeavor and paid her transportation.   She asked many questions of the doctors and showed a sincere interest in caring for the sick and infirm, that earned their trust and respect that quickly spread throughout Europe. However, her mother and sister made it well known that a person of Florence’s status should do something more acceptable than this.

Eventually, the English government was in war and needed Florence’s help in treating the wounded.  She hand-picked a group of nurses she trained to accompany her, and wrote strict policies which she expected these nurses to follow while providing this service to the soldiers.  Those that chose not to follow those guidelines were sent home.  They then set sail to the Crimean peninsula off the Russian borders.  Weeks later, the group of women arrived on the island and were surprised at the deplorable conditions they encountered.

They witnessed the wounded coming off the boat by themselves and walking up the hill bleeding, in ragged clothing alone, to the demolished rat infested building that was used as the hospital.  There were no beds in the wards. Hundreds of men were lying on the dirty floors in rooms without light, heat or windows.    There were no linens or towels.  The food prepared for them was anything but palatable.  Water was muddy.

Several died before receiving attention from the medical staff.  Others had surgeries performed at the bedside without anesthetics.

Despite the lack of support or respect from the physicians at the hospital, Florence persisted.  She and her nurses started working with the cook to improve the food that was prepared.  They made straw beds so the soldiers would not need to sleep on the floor.  She obtained linens and towels from England.  Water supply was cleaned.  And the walls of the building were painted.

While the rest of her nurses slept, she made rounds through the hospital wards late at night, carrying a kerosene lamp to light her way while she visited with the wounded and addressed their needs.  The soldiers dubbed her “the lady with the lamp,” and looked forward to her frequent visits and the improvements she made on their behalf.

After the war, Florence Nightingale returned to England where she continued her efforts in training women to be nurses.  The first class graduated in England shortly before the beginning of the twentieth century, and soon after nursing schools started here in the United States.

Our nurses strive to “Light the Way” while working on your Personal Injury cases.  Therefore, we chose to place the lamp Florence Nightingale used to light her way in the Crimean Hospital on a scale of justice as our logo.

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