“For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves?”
As we come to the end of Nurses Week and we look forward to International Nurse’s Day and Mother’s Day in the US, we would like to take a moment to honor the “Mother of Nursing.” Born May 12th, Florence Nightingale fittingly shares her birthday with Mother’s Day this year.
Florence Nightengale’s innovation, determination, and true dedication to nursing built the foundation of the life-saving measures used in every healthcare system today.
She was born into a wealthy family in Italy in 1820. It was a time when nursing was considered a low profession with a negative reputation and women of the middle-class were expected to marry well and raise a family.
However early on, Florence felt God calling her to nursing. Even from a young age, she could be found tending to the poor and sick in her town. Her parents were adamantly against the idea of their daughter becoming a nurse, but she persevered regardless… always devouring any nursing or medical books she could get her hands on.
With passion, grit, and unapologetic service to her creator, Florence Nightingale treated nursing as an art form and by Jesus’ standard, became a mother to us all.
“Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” . . . . “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:48-50 NIV
To nurses and mothers everywhere. We praise God for you and your service to your families, our families and our community around the world. You are the best of us.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Lisa D. Cole, MA, RN
Director, Mary K Center for Global Nursing Development
MBF – Medical Benevolence Foundation