Nursing is one of the world’s oldest careers. Be proud of your work’s history!
Although records of nurses have been around since the Roman Empire, it hasn’t always looked the same. In the beginning, nurses were given minimal education and they provided only simple care. They were often unpaid, unorganized, and unrecognized by society – but their work was still valuable to the patients who relied upon them.
The 19th Century: Florence Nightingale
Before the 19th century, nurses were usually nuns who saw their work as a mission rather than a profession. According to BBC History, it wasn’t until 1860 that Florence Nightingale transformed the work of a nurse into the beginnings of today’s modern career when she opened Nightingale Training School. Nursing schools then began to pop up in Japan and the United States.
The Early 20th Century: New Zealand’s Nurse Registration Act
In 1901, New Zealand took a giant step forward in ensuring that nurses provided the highest quality of care. They did this by passing the Nurses Registration Act, which required all nurses to be trained and registered before providing services. According to the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, Ellen Dougherty became the first registered nurse (RN) in 1902.
The 1920s: A Career for Women
Nursing gave women in the United States a viable career option that paid decently and allowed financial independence. Many nurses earned double what they could have earned in other careers for women at the time.
The 1950s: Male Nurses
Until the 1950′s, nursing was an exclusively female profession. In 1951, men were allowed to become RNs in the United Kingdom. Educational options also increased, as the University of Pittsburgh created the first PhD program for nurses.
The 1970s: Hospice
The American Nurses Association credits Florence S. Wald for starting the Hospice movement in the United States during the 70s, expanding the career field for nurses.
Nothings stays the same forever. Are you ready for a change in your career? Parallon can help you find the right nursing position for you. Visit our website to browse opportunities at local facilities.