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Running head: NIGHTINGALE’S THEORY APPLICATION IN NURSING 1

Nightingale’s Theory Application in Current

Nursing

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Nightingale’s Theory Application in Current Nursing

Nightingale’s model of care serves as a foundation of nursing practice in different

settings. It focuses primarily on the environment, in this case. Apart from patient care, it applies

to control and prevent diseases, such as tuberculosis and enhances health advocacy through

observation. Its concepts are brief and easy to understand; thus, it is applicable even today by

most nursing practitioners.

Among the needs of drug-resistant Tb infected patients is observation to ensure clean air,

clean water, proficient drainage, cleanliness, and light, which are all sub-concepts of

Nightingale’s nursing theory. Besides, surveillance is an essential determinant of Tb’s successful

management because it is associated with a high level of case detection ((Kamau, Rotich,

Cheruiyot & Ng’eno, 2015)). Additionally, treatment of Tb is strictly six months, and thus, many

patients require supervision or an observer to ensure the intake of drugs and side effects

management. More importantly, this practice control and prevent contamination to endemic and

epidemic illnesses, which involve avoiding risky behaviors, such as spitting sputum. Therefore,

Nightingale’s concepts of nursing are applicable even today. Moreover, Nightingale’s legacy of

linking caring with activism is still applied today. Proper observation, monitoring, and

documentation of patient’s data ensue clarified health statistics used to educate health care givers

about quality methods of controlling, preventing, and treating diseases, thus, improving

standards and creating awareness.

In my case, one of the primary factors of Nightingale’s theory that I utilize in my current

practice is observing personal hygiene. As a promising nurse, I understand that nursing mostly

involves preserving cleanliness ((Rahim, 2013, p.46).

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References

Kamau, S., Rotich, R., Cheruiyot, B., & Ng’eno, L. (2015). Applying Florence Nightingale’s

Model of Nursing and the Environment on Multiple Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Infected

Patients in the Kenyan Setting. Oalib, 02(08), 1-10.

Rahim, S. (2013). Clinical Application of Nightingale’s Environmental Theory. I-Manager’s

Journal on Nursing, 3(1), 43-46.

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Florence Nightingale’s Model of Care

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FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE’S MODEL OF CARE
Current nursing practice is patient-centered meaning that all strategies employed in the

practice are directed towards improvement of their health. With that in mind, this nursing

practice requires incorporation of different theories. As such, Florence Nightingale is a nursing

theorist whose school of thought can be integrated in today’s practice. She purports that the

health outcomes of any patient is dependent on the environment. Her environmental theory is

therefore practical in nursing practice. In today’s practice, nurses ensure that patients are in an

environment with clean air. The air is controlled in the environment to improve patient’s

respiration. Additionally, the rooms should be kept clean at all time. Her environment theory also

implores nurses to show positivity to patients also she insists that the patients should not be given

false hopes. The environment within which the patient sleeps should be safe including frequently

aired and changed beddings (Terri, 2014).

The hospitals are important towards quick recovery of patients and they should therefore

be constructed well. This means that the constructions within a hospital should have enough

aeration. The rooms should also have access to direct sunlight. This will improve the patient’s

recovery while also avoiding excess dumpiness in rooms. The environment within which patients

are should be kept away from unnecessary noise specifically where they sleep. The theory can

also be incorporated in today’s practice by ensuring that all patients are kept clean at all time

with clean cloths. Within her environment theory the most imperative element is keeping the

patient environment clean. This includes all factors around the patient such as beddings, clothes,

rooms and food. It is also important to add different scenery around the hospital (Bertha &

Almeida, 2015).

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References
Bertha, C., & Almeida, M. (2015). Florence Nightingale’s Theory of Environmentalism: A Critical Analysis.

SciELO Analytics, 2177-2180.

Terri, Z. (2014). The Legacy of Florence Nightingale’s Environmental Theory: Nursing Research Focusing

on the Impact of Healthcare Environments. Health Environments Research & Design Journal,

404-420.

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Running head: FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE’S ENVIRONMENTAL THEORY

Florence Nightingale’s Environmental Theory

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE’S ENVIRONMENTAL THEORY 2

The environmental theory is integral in incorporation of a well-utilized environment into

the well-being of patients. The theory holds the position that the environment within which a

patient thrives is vital in recovery and improvement of the healthcare system. The major

elements of Florence Nightingale’s environment theory are applicable in today’s nursing

practice. The most important element of this theory in today’s practice is the ability of a nurse to

configure a patient’s environment to what can be considered as “friendly”. This means that the

external factors around a patient including physiologic and biologic factors. Nursing practice

today requires that hospitals are constructed in a manner which allows air circulation and direct

sunlight. The environment within hospital buildings should be similar to that of outside. The

hospitals should not be fumigated to avoid alien smell. The patients should also be kept away

from unnecessary noise which includes being woken up or other irritating noises (AliSher &

Atta, 2019).

Additionally, the beds, beddings and personal clothes should be kept clean which

increases recovery. Today’s nursing includes supply of food and nutritional elements in small

servings offered frequently. This is an incorporation of her environmental theory. Nurses in

today’s practice should also be positive towards the recovery process of patients. They should

however avoid giving false hopes to patients since it is dangerous and unhelpful to their welfare.

The nurses should also put into consideration the social environment within which then patient

lives as it is imperative for the recovery process. Generally, Florence Nightingale’s theory can be

incorporated in today’s nursing practice by ensuring that the patient’s environment is clean

which includes water, air, food drainage and light (AliSher & Atta, 2019).

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Reference
AliSher, A., & Atta, S. (2019). Clinical application of nightingale’s theory. International Journal of Nursing

Care, 13-16.

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