“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion, as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body – the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts; I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.”
– Florence Nightingale
May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing. National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, coincides with her birthday and celebrates those who devote themselves to the health of others. Nursing has evolved, and is continually evolving, embracing sweeping technological changes, advances in education, patient advocacy and innovation in patient care and safety.
Nurses help patients through clinical care, education and research. Nurses are educated and trained to a level of expertise as never before. But for all that, nursing remains, as Florence Nightingale suggested, at its essence, a “Fine Art,” because nurses do what no amount of science or technology can – lend an understanding ear, soothe with a gentle touch, recognize and, hopefully, forestall an impending emergency through, not only training and experience, but a “sixth sense.” Nurses provide quiet reassurances, communicate joyful or difficult messages with grace and compassion, and coax a smile in a time of confusion or stress.
Join us at Sedgwick in recognizing the contribution of nursing as a profession to our lives, and of nurses to our personal interaction with the healthcare system.
Chris Mulcahy, RN, JD, VP Specialty Operations