The founder of nursing, Florence Nightingale, you must have heard of this name. She seems to be very sacred because every nurse has to mention her when taking the oath of office. She seems to be a sublime symbol, as she said, the profession is an angel without wings. Despite her fame, only two films have been made about her. 2008 version of Nightingale’s biography failed to attract audiences from plot to technology and soon went unnoticed.
The 1985 version of Nightingale’s biography, which is rigorous, exquisite and meticulously shot, is hard to find with Chinese or English subtitles. This also shows, from one side, how much attention the public pays to Nightingale. She seems to be everywhere in real life, but very few really pay attention to her herself.
If Marriage Makes Me Unfree
The images of the 1985 version of Nightingale’s biography are still completely out of date when viewed today. On the contrary, because of the technology of the times, the picture comes with a low saturation and gray filter, making the picture a little more vintage atmosphere, and therefore the degree of reproduction has become better. The film is a very regular biographical film, not too much free play, but also can not be exempted from the narrative space given to Nightingale’s love life.
The role of Nightingale is played by the American actress Jacqueline Smith, a beautiful American woman. Nightingale was born into an English aristocratic family and surrounded by suitors of the gentlemanly class, Richard being one of them. But Nightingale is different from other aristocratic girls, her intention is not to get involved in a family of the right team, and from then on, the best clothes, the best songs and the best dances. Nightingale was convinced that at the age of 17 she had heard the voice of God. She felt that she must have some kind of mission in this world that God needed her to fulfill. This thought prompted her to aspire to become a life-saving health care worker.
But in the English society at that time, the profession of nursing, dealing with dirty germs all day long, was only for poor people. Nightingale, who came from an aristocratic background, naturally suffered from the opposition of her family. Good thing she had Charles. Nightingale told Charles that she could not get married for the time being because she had not yet fulfilled her dream. Nightingale wanted to go to Germany to learn advanced medical nursing knowledge, but her father would not let her go.
Charles had hesitations, but eventually chose to respect Nightingale’s dream and helped her convince her father, and Nightingale was finally able to take her bag and follow her dream. A few years later, Nightingale was successful in her studies and Charles, thinking her wish had been fulfilled, proposed once again.
Nightingale still refused him. She explained to Charles that she could not afford to be trapped by her family again when she was so easily freed from the bondage of marriage. If marriage did not make her free, she would rather not marry for the rest of her life. At Nightingale’s insistence, Charles once again gave in without words.
At that time, British troops entered while the Crimean battlefield with heavy casualties. It is noteworthy that not many soldiers died directly on the battlefield, and most of the wounded died in the hospital. Therefore, Nightingale did not hesitate to go to the front line and become a front-line medical officer in the battlefield.
Due to the male dominance of society at that time, Nightingale and the 38-member team of nurses she led did not have the opportunity to directly care for the wounded at first. It was not until later that a large number of wounded were overloaded and the men could not carry them anymore that the opportunity finally fell on the women. Thanks to the careful care of Nightingale’s team, the death rate of the British army was reduced from 42% to 2.2%.
Goddess of the Lamp
In the field hospital, Nightingale would carry a wind lamp to inspect the condition of the wounded in the dead of night, and she would not miss any night. Therefore, Nightingale had another nickname, the “Goddess of the Lamp”. Florence Nightingale was born in the city of Florence, and her name Florence Nightingale was taken from her birthplace. Although born into an upper class family, Nightingale was always concerned with the poorer classes.
She was an advocate for the reform of the medical environment in England. When she was young, she visited several hospitals in England and saw that the patients were in very poor conditions, with no clean clothes and very poor nurses, some of whom did not even know professional nursing knowledge. After witnessing this grim fact, Nightingale was determined to make a change.
When Britain was fighting in the Crimea from 1854 to 1856, the death rate of soldiers was high, while it was rarely the case in other European countries. She analyzed mountains of military archives and pointed out that during the Crimean campaign, British troops died from diseases contracted off the battlefield and from injuries sustained on the battlefield without proper care, while not many actually died on the battlefield.
She compiled these statistics and invented the famous rose chart, which can visually and clearly reflect the data situation. In 1955, people from all walks of life in the United Kingdom launched the Nightingale Foundation, which brought together a large sum of money for donations and recognition. However, Nightingale did not use this huge sum of money for herself. In 1860, Nightingale used the fund to set up the Nightingale School of Nursing.
This was the first school to educate nursing as a professional discipline and profession, and Nightingale became the founder of modern nursing education without dispute. However, Nightingale also had regrets. When she refused Charles’ proposal for the second time and went to the Crimea, Charles gave her a letter that Nightingale did not open at that time. Only later, when she opened the letter again, did she discover that Charles had married someone else. Not that this was a painful loss for Nightingale, who lost her eyesight in 1901 due to overwork and died in her sleep nine years later, unmarried for life.
For the profession of nursing, Nightingale had deeper thoughts. Not only should practitioners be highly professional in caring for their conditions, but they should also pay attention to the psychological conditions of patients. In the Crimea, Nightingale often comforted the wounded soldiers with words to relieve their psychological stress. Emotion is also an important factor in the fight against the disease. Although many wounded people still died in front of her, many others became confident because of her.
Also because of Nightingale, nursing has changed from a tiring job that only the poor do to a noble profession with great social prestige. As she said, the angel without wings, always selfless.