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The Educational and Philosophical Influences on Florence Nightingale, An Enlightened Conductor

The Educational and Philosophical Influences on Florence Nightingale, An Enlightened Conductor The Educational and Philosophical Influences on Florence Nightingale, An Enlightened Conductor VICTORIA E. SLATER College of Nursing University of Tennessee, Knoxville I began this research under the assumption that Florence Nightingale was ahead of her time and that her thinking was holistic. However, a review of nursing literature, a dose look at Florence Nightingale's biographies, and a study of the cultural influences of her day led me to realize that she was , indeed, a woman of her time. Her words and deeds reflected the prevailing philosophical belie.fs concerning the leaders of society, the assigned role of women, and the accepted assumptions that the mind and body were sepa­ rate, unintegrated entities. To ·put Nightingale's life in perspective, it is necessary to investigate the life and education of the average upper-class English woman of the early 18oos. One must understand the influence of Rousseau's and Descartes's philosophies as well as appreciate the profound changes in English society wrought by the Industrial Revolution. During such study, an image gradu­ ally emerges of how upper-dass English women in the second quarter of the nineteenth century were taught to view themselves. Only then can the body of literature written about Florence Nightingale http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

The Educational and Philosophical Influences on Florence Nightingale, An Enlightened Conductor

Nursing History Review , Volume 2 (1): 16 – Jan 1, 1994

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The Educational and Philosophical Influences on Florence Nightingale, An Enlightened Conductor VICTORIA E. SLATER College of Nursing University of Tennessee, Knoxville I began this research under the assumption that Florence Nightingale was ahead of her time and that her thinking was holistic. However, a review of nursing literature, a dose look at Florence Nightingale's biographies, and a study of the cultural influences of her day led me to realize that she was , indeed, a woman of her time. Her words and deeds reflected the prevailing philosophical belie.fs concerning the leaders of society, the assigned role of women, and the accepted assumptions that the mind and body were sepa­ rate, unintegrated entities. To ·put Nightingale's life in perspective, it is necessary to investigate the life and education of the average upper-class English woman of the early 18oos. One must understand the influence of Rousseau's and Descartes's philosophies as well as appreciate the profound changes in English society wrought by the Industrial Revolution. During such study, an image gradu­ ally emerges of how upper-dass English women in the second quarter of the nineteenth century were taught to view themselves. Only then can the body of literature written about Florence Nightingale

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1994

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