NRS 433 Topic 5 DQ 2 

NR 393 Week 2 Discussion: Nightingale Information New to You (Graded)

NR 393 Week 2 Discussion: Nightingale Information New to You (Graded)

Each of you shared your perception of how Florence Nightingale contributed to nursing practice, as we know it today.  Several of you reflected on how she practiced and correlated her actions or knowledge with your own experiences. A highlight from this week included references to data that demonstrated a decrease in infection with proper hand washing and how that continues to be a focus today. Nightingale’s use of the Rose Diagram was also applied in the business and finance industry. She often presented her information in the Nightingale Rose Diagram, a version of today’s Pie Chart, to share data and outcomes.  Many of you recognized how Nightingale’s work incorporated appropriate environmental standards for natural light, noise reduction and soothing surroundings. Her shared knowledge continues to be relevant today whether it is assuring all patient rooms have natural light or all the patient’s senses are considered as part of a healing process with a holistic approach.

Thank you all for a great week, I am looking forward to continuing great conversations in week 3.

NR 393 Week 2 Discussion: Nightingale Information New to You (Graded)


The purpose of this discussion is for learners to describe Nightingale information new to them related to leadership and/or provision of care. 

Course Outcomes: 

This discussion enables the student to meet the following course outcome: 

  • CO1: Describe persons and events in nursing history from the early years through the 19th century related to leadership and provision of care. (PO2) 

Due Date: 

  • Answer post due by Wednesday 11:59 PM MT in Week 2 
  • Two replies to classmates and/or instructor due by Sunday 11:59 PM MT at the end of Week 2 

Points Possible: 

50 points 


  • Discussions are designed to promote dialogue between faculty and students, and students and their peers. In discussions students: 
  • Demonstrate understanding of concepts for the week 
  • Integrate scholarly resources 
  • Engage in meaningful dialogue with classmates 
  • Express opinions clearly and logically, in a professional manner 
  • Use the rubric on this page as you compose your answers. 


The basic story of Florence Nightingale is familiar to most nurses. This week we learned more about Nightingale’s life and work. Select one area of Nightingale’s leadership that was new to you and tell us how this changed your understanding of this important woman and her contributions to nursing. 


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Welcome to Week 2  

The name Florence Nightingale is synonymous with nursing. When I began to read about her legacy, I found her work to be so far ahead of her time. She had such insight and foresight regarding best practice for patient care. A century after her death in 1910, her practice in modern nursing continues to be applied inpatient care. This great woman has shaped nursing, as we know it today, I am anxious to read your discussions to find out what you have learned about her. 

Week 2 Discussion:  Nightingale Information New to You 

After reading about Florence Nightingale, I have to admit that I did not know the extensive contributions she made to nursing, such as with being a researcher, statistician, teacher, opening a school, paving the way for women to be recognized in a profession, an advocate, initiating nursing practices, and professing the attributes that a nurse should possess.


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One of Florence Nightingale’s areas of leadership that I did not expect to read about, is in being a statistician.  I read about her being from an upper-class family, and that she was good in math in writing, so maybe I should not be so surprised, as she did receive an education.  Being the first nurse to accomplish many firsts, Nightingale collected data and statistically analyzed it.  This way she could vindicate treatment and policy changes to improve the outcome of patients.  (Judd & Sitzman, 2014).  There were no nursing rules and procedures to follow before Florence Nightingale’s time, so with Nightingale’s statistical analysis expertise, she was paving the way for effective patient care.  Today, with the nursing process, we implement and evaluate treatment, in hopes of improving patient outcomes with evidence-based practices.  Although Florence Nightingale did not know it, she was using a form of evidence-based practices with her medical statistical analyses.    

Nightingale also used statistical analysis with the building of her hospital, modernization of nursing, sanitary improvements, surgical operations, and in advising governments on Army health reform.  (Aravind & Chung, 2010).  With the building of her hospital, illnesses, ages, and the set up of wards were analyzed, to name some.  Florence Nightingale was always concerned with cleanliness and sanitation, and her statistical analysis justified the importance.  In surgical operations, Nightingale was looking at outcomes and hospital expenditures.  These factors are still important today.  Today, in building a hospital, units are set up and even rooms are designed for ergonomics and efficiency.  Cleanliness and sanitation are still priorities that are provided in patient care.  Hospital expenditures are always under scrutiny.  And of course, positive surgical outcomes are always a goal. 

I never knew of all the contributions that Florence Nightingale contributed to the nursing profession.  I have respect for all that she did in paving the way for nurses then and today.  Nightingale proved her dedication to nursing with being involved in all aspects of nursing.  I am glad she investigated patient data and used statistics to evaluate what improves patient’s outcomes (what we now call today, evidence-based practices).  Using statistical analyses proves that she was a forward thinker.    Florence Nightingale made sure that she covered everything involved with nursing, such as in providing nursing care, improving patient outcomes, and making nursing a respectable profession.  


 Aravind, M., & Chung, K. C. (2010). Evidence-based medicine and hospital reform: tracing origins back to Florence Nightingale. Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 125(1), 403–409. to an external site. 

 Judd, D., & Sitzman, K.  (2014).  A history of American nursing.  Trends and eras.  Second Edition.  NR 393 Week 2 Discussion: Nightingale Information New to You (Graded)

Great summary of how Nightingale was a founder of evidenced-based practice through data analysis. Although her practice is over a century old, utilizing evidence is still fairly new to nurses. What evidence in nursing practice is shared at your organization in the form of a chart to analyze outcomes? Do you think this is helpful? why or why not. 

Thanks for sharing, 


One big thing that is focused heavily on at my SNF’s is the prevention of bedsores, as well as prevention of constipation. As the nursing supervisor, one of the things that I have to get out to all my nurses is a list of residents who haven’t had a bowel movement in 2-3 days, and the nurses are responsible to turn into me, by the end of their shift, what they did or didn’t do, the rationale, and if the resident had a bowel movement during their shift. While I thought, why is this so critically important to my daily tasks, we have had residents pass away from preventable disease process from not having bowel movements! It is something that is easily missed, and residents can go 5-6, even more, days without having an adequate bowel movement.

This is truly important as many residents are on g-tube feedings, and any back up in the intestines can lead to pressure on the stomach, regurgitation of formula or food, aspiration, and complications such as bowel obstruction and bowel rupture. We have seen huge improvements in general wellbeing, appetites, as well as ensuring our residents are having bowel movements since we started this process. Being able to evaluate the charts before and after starting this task for the nursing supervisor, we have seen huge improvements with many factors in our residents. Honestly, if I have to take a few moments in my first 30 minutes of being at work to get this paperwork to my nurses, but am seeing less illness, less hospital trips and stays, as well as overall wellbeing for my residents, it’s well worth my time! 

I thought it was interesting to read your post regarding preventative measures because I feel like that was what Florence was all about in her time! Not what the future was like but what they could do in the current situation to make the outcome positive. Something so simple as tracking bowel movements can prevent a possible negative outcome such as washing dressings also could prevent a negative outcome in her day. Even despite all of her data collection and research it still took many years for her practice to be widely accepted and her studies to be considered into research. “Many physicians opposed this school and training, believing that nurses were little more than housemaids” (CCN, 2020). It took years of research and dedication for her practices to be understood and for nurses to have a solid foundation to build a profession which is why it is so important to constantly be observant because without our hard work and attention to detail, our patients would suffer from preventable conditions. 


Chamberlain College of Nursing. (2020). Week 2 lesson. Retrieved from: 

Thanks for your response.  We have a white board on my unit that is used as a chart to analyze outcomes for infections.  Here nurses can see the amount of CAUTIs or CLABSIs for example that have occurred in a month.  This is helpful in that it is a reminder to be careful with sterile procedures, changing of dressings when they are due or damaged, and to evaluate if a urinary catheter is still necessary.   

Great examples of colleting and sharing data to improve outcomes.. It also raises awareness of the complications when protocols are not followed such as with frequency of BM’s, CAUTI and CLABSI. I know many places celebrate the number of days that they have been CAUTI and CLABSI free.  

Thank you for your sharing your post.  I also was not aware of Florence Nightingale being a statistician.   I always often wondered before why statistics was required for nursing.  I now see the for using it in our evidence-based practice when performing metrics and quality improvements.  There is so much involved in nursing and Florence Nightingale’s contributions truly set a foundation for us and the future nurses.   I believe people choose nursing as a calling and to me it is not a job, but a part of who I am.  This must have been how Nightingale felt which is seen in her life’s works.  “Nightingale became the first member of the Statistical Society of London and because of her systematical collection and documentation of health and illness data, has provided the basis for improvements of public health.”  (Judd, D.; 2013) We can learn from her examples by producing supporting evidence in our clinical practice today when we would like to institute a change instead of just complaining about an issue.  


Judd, D.; 2013. A History of American Nursing, 2nd edition; Jones & Bartlett Learning. to an externa