Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[The Florence Nightingale Medal - Its History and the Hungarian Connection]

SÖVÉNYI Ferencné, PERKÓ Magdolna, FEDINECZNÉ VITTAY Katalin, BOROS Károlyné

APRIL 30, 2018

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2018;31(02)

[Apropos of the International Nurses Day, authors discuss Nightingale’s impact on the development of nursing and her role in international nursing history. They consider as one of the main achievements of Nightingale that she raised the profile of nursing to an appreciated profession, thereby contributing to modifying the widely held view on women’s role in society in Hungary, too. After reviewing the developments related to the educational empowerment of women in the Hungary of the 19th century they suggest that these changes as well as awakening of the nation might explain the decision of the Hungarian Red Cross Society to table a motion at the 8th International Conference of Red Cross Societies in London with a view to establishing a medal in honour of Florence Nightingale. The Hungarian proposal was approved by the international conference in Washington in 1912 and a resolution was passed to institute the Florence Nightingale Medal. ]



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