2013, Number 4
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ABSTRACTIntroduction: to approach the personality of Florence Nightingale is a challenge. She played an outstanding role in her times and even today her view of Nursing and the application of administration, statistics and other disciplines are still relevant. She was a nurse, a manager, a hygienist and a trainer. She became stronger in the Crimea War, and upon return she founded the first Nursing School.
Objective: analyze the ethics in Florence Nightingale's thought.
Material and Methods: literature review in the study of her work Notes of Nursing. What is it and what is not and of other papers about her, theory of the environment and also information downloaded from Interne were organized and systematized.
Results: Florence Nightingale added the principles of fidelity and veracity to the traditional ones of medical ethics. Her pledge expresses the ethics and scientific grounds of Nursing. Both the model she designed and other contributions in management and training are still relevant nowadays.
Conclusions: the ethics of her thought makes knowledge meaningful, as she wanted it to be part of nursing. Attitudes that prevail are full of reason and virtues of character and intelligence. Some virtues recognized at present reflect Florence Nightingale _considering the time elapsed. Her school implies initiative, control, responsibility, struggle, a scientific approach to nursing and understanding of the scientific method.
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