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Florence Nightingale focus of Amos Fortune Forum in Jaffrey Friday night

  • Anne Peirce to discuss How Florence Nightingale Saved the British Army at Amos Fortune Forum. Courtesy photo

Published: 7/17/2019 9:19:21 PM

Anne Peirce is the next speaker at this summer’s Amos Fortune Forum in Jaffrey, giving a talk entitled: How Florence Nightingale Saved the British Army on Friday, July 19.

Nightingale is best known as the founder of modern nursing. What is not as well known is how she used her prodigious talents as a statistician and social reformer to improve the health and welfare of the British soldier. In the Crimean War more soldiers died of disease than of war wounds. Nightingale used nursing care, proper nutrition, and effective sanitation to save thousands of soldiers. To garner support and resources from the British Government, she successfully pioneered methods of applied statistical analysis, resulting in her being named the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society. The changes she fought for on the battlefields of Crimea led to worldwide improvement in hospitals, both civilian and military, and in the overall lives of British military personnel.

Peirce has worked in nursing education over the last 36 years at Columbia University, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Seton Hall University and Adelphi University. She has coauthored two textbooks – the most recent on Ethics is in its second edition. She is also the founding editor of the Springer Journal; Clinical Nurse Scholar.

Her talk is derived from her book “The Words of Florence Nightingale: Lessor Saint, Philosopher, Social Activist, Political Reformer, and Accidental Nurse”.

All Forum lectures are free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 8 p.m.

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