Monday, September 5, 2011

More reading for school

One chapter had some interesting thoughts on the role of the nurse in social activism. It was still written by the feminist author so it definitely had a slant toward doing away with discrimination toward women (which I don't really see any in my life), but it was somewhat motivating. Michael had told me about a book/article yesterday that discussed the fact that more black women go to college than black men and that there are increasing numbers of black men in prisons. That coupled with the reading on fixing disparities has me thinking about how to fix it. I want to find the article and read more. How do we fix social issues like that?  What could I possibly do?

From other readings I can more confidently say Florence Nightingale is worth citing as a role model. She really believed her calling to nursing was from God. She used her position in life with it's advantages to enact change and fulfill God's purpose in her life. At one point she wrote "The kingdom of Heaven is within; but we must make it without" (from the book Nursing Theories & Nursing Practice by Marilyn E. Parker).  I think this statement succinctly sums up the message of the Gospel.  I also love the fact that she was so dedicated to God and spirituality that the author of this text can't write about her without mentioning her faith. Unfortunately, some of her views were not entirely in line with the Bible and I'm not sure she was totally sold on the Bible as the definitive book of faith, but she does seem to get some things right.