Good ol’ Florence Nightingale. Widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in nursing history. What surprised me in my reading about her was just how inspiring she was for those of us in public health. She helped shape public awareness of socially unjust policies and campaigned against policies affecting human health.
Though science has moved on considerably since the time of Nightingale, it is interesting to note that she championed the causes of:
– adequate housing
– clean air
– clean water
For anyone who wants to read more, there was an article published in 2013 in Nursing Science Quarterly by Professor S. Bunkers of South Dakota University.