The History of nursing at St. Vincent's
In honor of Nurse's Week -
a visual pictorial of our history of service to our community. We thank you for your dedication to this noble profession.
Nurses week marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale,
the founder of modern nursing.
Many of you may not know that Florence Nightingale was an early pioneer of the patient safety movement, when in 1854 during The Crimean War, she analyzed mortality data among British troops and was able to employ process changes and infection control practices to achieve significant mortality reductions.
Florence Nightingale established the foundations for improving quality in patient care almost 160 years ago and at St. Vincent’s we still continue today on that journey toward high reliability in health care. Florence Nightingale had it right and serves as a role model for all of us.
This week and every week, let us all take the time to notice the many nurses around us and express our gratitude to them for their energy, skills and dedication in their various roles. I’d personally like to publicly thank and recognize all of our St. Vincent’s nurses, who serve our patients each day with commitment and compassion playing a crucial in improving patient outcomes, educating our patients and their families, increasing access, coordinating care, reducing health care costs, teaching students, serving our community and making us all a little bit better.
Stuart Marcus, M.D.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center