Ward Class

An Online Resource Site For Student Nurses


Ward Class is an online resource for student nurses. Created with the aim of helping student nurses cope with the demands of nursing school and clinicals, it offers free downloads, notes, sample NCPs, sample drug studies, study aids, news and updates, and practical tips to its users.

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The December 2012 PRC Nursing Board Exam Result is already available here at Ward Class and at Pinoy R.N.

Nursing Trivia: The Lady With The Lamp

Florence Nightingale is remembered as 'The Lady With The Lamp,' for bringing hope and comfort to thousands of British soldiers during the Crimean War.

Named after the City of Florence in which she was born in 1820, Florence Nightingale was the second daughter of a wealthy British couple. As a young woman, Florence developed a very strong interest in Nursing. And since Nursing was not considered a suitable occupation for a wealthy and educated young woman, her parents, probably intending to divert her attention, sent her on a tour around Europe with some family friends. In Germany, Florence visited Pastor Theodor Fliedner's hospital and school for deaconesses at Kaiserswerth. When she went home to Britain, Florence succeeded in persuading her parents to let her attend the training school and so she went back to Kaiserswerth to study and train for two years.

In 1853, Nightingale became the Superintendent for the Establishment For Gentlewomen During Illness in the city of London. The year after that, she, along with other nurses, left for Turkey to serve in military hospitals during the Crimean War. The 'Lady With The Lamp', as she was called because of her nightly rounds of the wards, earned the undying respect of countless British soldiers whose lives she touched.

When she returned to England in 1856, Florence became so popular that the public raised funds to help her found a nurses' training institute at St. Thomas' Hospital and King's College Hospital. Florence Nightingale devoted her life to improving public health making nursing a skilled and honorable profession. Her Notes on Nursing, published in 1860, which focused on careful observation and sensitivity to client's needs has been translated in many other languages and still in print today.

In 1883, Queen Victoria awarded Florence Nightingale the Royal Red Cross. In 1907, she became the first woman to receive the Order of Merit. Florence Nightingale died at the age of 90 on August 13, 1910.


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