Week 8

For class this week we focused on the time period of the 1880s and the 1890s. This time period was right after the Civil War ended, and new understandings emerged about the spread of disease and infection. Surgeons used more sterilized and safe equipment during surgeries and washed hands and arms with “green soap”. Although sanitation started to emerged during this time, it wasn’t until 1889 that antiseptics became a widely used and successful technique for surgeries. It was also emphasized in other posts that this time period was an important time of learning and progressing for nurses. The first nursing textbook was written and more and more nursing school were being built. I love seeing week to week how much nursing exponentially grew back in these time periods. 

Week 7

The focus of this week’s learning was on nursing during the 1860s and the 1870s. This time period was when the Civil War broke out in the United States. Obviously, there was a great need for nurses during this time. Women like Clara Barton, Florence Nightingale, and Dorothea Dix each had amazing contributions to nursing during the Civil War. Dix was named the superintendent of nurses and had responsibilities such as setting up field hospitals and field stations, recruiting nurses, setting up training programs, and managing supplies. In 1860, Nightingale opened the first school of nursing in London, and consequently, more and more nursing schools were created. The Civil War brought about many wonderful contributions to nursing and kept nursing on track to become better and more successful with time. 

Week 6

This week we discussed nursing during the years of 1830-1859. One of the most well known, respected nurses was born during this era and her name was Florence Nightingale. As we read and studied more about her this week, I have gained a genuine appreciation for what she did in the advancement of nursing. It was very cool to see how one person can have a huge effect on history. This week we watched a youtube video about the life of Florence learned more about her childhood, the events that happened in her life, mistakes that she has made, and successes that she has had. Florence Nightingale was human, therefore, imperfect, and it was refreshing to hear about her from a realistic side and as a normal human being than as this woman that we worship in the nursing world. I enjoyed this week and the material that was learned and studied. 

Week 5

This week our main focus was on nursing during the years of 1800-1829. This was an important time period because just alone the most famous of nurses was born in 1820. Her name was Florence Nightingale and her practices that she discovered are still in use today. Nightingale greatly impacted the world of nursing. I also researched a lot of different events that happened during this time period including the opening of a hospital by a former slave in Virginia, and the first psychiatric hospital opened in Philadelphia. This time period was fun to learn and read about because this was the start of a take-off in nursing. People began to learn to keep work areas clean, an education on the topic increased. After learning about this era, I feel very grateful that the knowledge of good nursing began to be helpful to people, and we could learn and grow off of that ever since. 

Week 4

This week we discussed nursing during the 17th and 18th centuries. I learned a lot through my own research but I also learned even more through the research and posts of others. I learned that nursing became more of a women-based job during the revolutionary war when men went out and fought. Women then became the caretakers and tended to those in need. I also learned that nursing back then tended to be frowned down upon, which was an absolute shock to me considering how important the job of nurses are today. It is now looked upon with the most respect and is done by amazing women. On a different note, I learned that continuing through the 17th century, women were accused of being witches that took away from the power of God by helping and healing. It is interesting to see the many different aspects of nursing during this time period and I’m excited to continue to learn how nursing has involved as we study more time periods. 

Week 3

This week we focused on nursing prior to the 1600s. I loved learning about the base of nursing and how it all started. This is very useful information for me and for all other nursing students because this time era made it so apparent that we have come so far and have learned so much about nursing throughout all these years. It makes me appreciate nursing even more and realize that we have so much knowledge about it now and we have the ability to help people in a substantial way. People back then had no idea how to cure diseases, and even made up ways to cure them with no proof of it actually working. These days technology and science has advanced so much that people have really been able to figure out how to treat sicknesses and disease, and we should all be very grateful for that. 


My name is Allie Jarvis and I am a student here at Utah Valley University. This is my reflective journal specifically for the course that I’m taking right now called Nursing Across the Ages. The purpose of this journal is to record my progress of my learning and to document my thoughts and experiences with my daily work in this class. I look forward to sharing!