Glasper, Edward Alan
Editorial. New code of conduct recalls Florence
Journal of Children's and Young People's Nursing, 1, (2), .
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Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy, in 1820 and died in 1910 after a long and dignified career as the nursing profession’s first great icon. As the daughter of William Nightingale of Embly Park it is fitting that she was buried in the family vault at St Margaret’s church in the Hampshire village of East Wellow. The most recent annual memorial service at St Margaret’s church was held on Sunday the 12th May 2007, the date of her actual birthday, to celebrate her life 187 years after her birth. At this service nurses from many parts of the world gathered to remember Nightingale’s legacy to health care. In the context of the new draft Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) Code of Conduct for nurses and midwives published in the same week it is salutary to note that Nightingale is attributed as saying to her probationer nurses ‘first do the patient no harm’, surely the precursor to the code itself.
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