An Interview With CEHN's Nsedu Obot-Witherspoon

Pike-Paris, Ann
March 2005
Pediatric Nursing;Mar/Apr2005, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p139
Academic Journal
When the roots of nursing are traced to the era of Florence Nightingale, an interesting revelation appears: "Y the role of the nurse was primarily to modify the environment in ways that enhanced health and healing" (Institute of Medicine IIOMI, 1995). In fact, in her teachings, she included the topics of light, noise, food, ventilation and heating, among others. It would seem this remarkable nurse clearly understood the profound connection between human health and one's environment. Over time, the profession transitioned from being predominately community based, to that of individual and hospital-based care. In this transition, something else occurred. Nurses' awareness of the state of health and the interconnectedness of home, school, work, and community environments diminished.


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