Week 13

The future of nursing has so much potential with technology, education, and more jobs. Technology is ever advancing and will be able to help nurses with everything they do. With more education, nurses will be able to advance in their studies and some may even be able to become teachers for the future generations of nurses. The job availability for the future nurses is also increasing because of all the baby boomers that are getting old as well as retiring from being nurses.

There are a lot of things to look forward to in the future as a nurse! It will definitely be an exciting and innovative time!

Week 12

Nursing in the 21st century is filled with all sorts of innovation and efficiency. So much new technology has come out that has been able to improve the work life of a nurse! There is new technology that ranges from helping in surgeries to even just having several patients’ info all on an iPad. 

I am very excited to work in an age where technology and the health care field have found a way to benefit each other! It is a very exciting time to be a nurse!

Week 11

This week was about the Vietnam war, another war in which  nurses came from everywhere to help with the knowledge they had. The nurses serving there were able to work in hospital ships, helicopters, planes, and field hospitals. Going there could help nurses gain more education, training, or even to advance their military careers.

Nurses that served in this war must have been very brave and smart. It was a great opportunity for a lot of them but it was also very dangerous, like any war. I respect anyone who decides to serve their country in a war. It is a very hard thing to do. 

Week 10

World War II made a huge difference for the nurses of that time. TB was also going around and it took lots and lots of people. Nurses were needed everywhere to help with the sick and the injured.

The knowledge I have gained from this time period makes me really excited to be part of a generation with such amazing medical technology.

Week 9

The 1920’s and 30’s consisted of the aftermath of World War I and the beginning of the Great Depression. Nurses began to pop up everywhere and there were not enough available positions to satisfy the growing number. Because of this, hospitals started to require higher education and began shorter, 8-hour shifts. 

This new knowledge of nursing history will make me appreciate the nursing need and job availability right now. The nursing field always needs more people and it makes it so I don’t have to worry about job availability for my future.

Week 8

Nursing during World War I was booming. With so many injured and dying soldiers, nurses and volunteers were needed from all around. Many women came for all different reasons and served alongside so many others. The conditions were not perfect, but they made do. 

I can use the knowledge we learn from this time period to remember to do my part as much as I am able. I would love to be half as courageous as the many women who served during that time.

I respect people that can just drop their lives and serve their people and their country. Once again I am grateful to those in the past. 

Week 7

Week 7 was about the 1880 and 90’s. This time held lots of amazing nurses and Nursing schools were really starting to become prominent. One nurse I learned about was named Mary Ann Bickerdyke. She was an amazing woman who at one point took care of 2,000 injured soldiers all by herself!

The schools they started back then have helped more schools to come and for that I will be able to be a nurse! I’m grateful for all the nursing pioneers out there who changed things for the good!

 

Week 6

This time period was all about clean up and sanitation. Nurses were really starting to get a hold on how a sanitary environment could help patients survive the diseases and illnesses that were all around. The Civil War was also going on, so nurses were very prevalent in helping the injured soldiers of that war.

I will use what I have learned to remember to always stay clean in work and also in my every day life. Illnesses can spread so easy with germs, but I can do my small part from spreading them by washing my hands and keeping myself hygienic.

I think the sanitation issues back then have really helped us in modern times to know the dark effects spreading germs can really have. We now have so many options of cleaning to prevent the spread of illnesses. I’m super thankful for the modern technology we have to keep things clean and hygienic for everyone!

Week 5

1830 through 1860 was a time of renovation for nursing, mostly due to the works of Florence Nightingale. She changed how nurses care for people and the sanitation of hospitals. Because so many diseases were going around, it was important to keep things as hygienic as possible.  These small changes changed how we do nursing even today.

Using what I learned this week will make me focus more on the people in my patients. I always need to remember that I’m not just curing a sickness but curing a person.

So many people in nursing history have changed how we do our job and I’m glad that they had the courage to make those changes. I also think Florence Nightingale was an incredible nurse for her time and I’m thankful for the changes she made. I hope I can be half as good as those before me.

Week 4

Women working as military nurses was very pertinent in the early 1800s. This was because of  World War I. Many women that were already working as nurses or who were living near war zones, aided in the care of injured soldiers. Another important event that occurred during this time was Florence Nightingale’s birth!

It’s important to remember what a great difference I can make as a nurse. Because of what I am learning, I will be able to be of use in emergency situations that happen all around me and in the military if I decide/am needed in that area.

I am very appreciative for all the nurses and medical professionals that have worked and are working in the military. Their aid has helped millions of our own protecters. I am very proud of the career I have chosen and those that work in it.