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The Incredible Way Nursing Uniforms Have Changed Over The Last Century

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Nursing is a very special type of job that takes a very special type of person.

Florence Nightingale said of this time-honored profession: “Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.”

In the early days of nursing, it was one of the few professions a woman was allowed to pursue. Since then, many aspects of nursing have changed  like these rules for nurses  the most visible of which is the uniform itself.

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The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the American Nurses Association, the Editorial Advisory Board members, or the Publisher, Editors and staff of American Nurse Journal. This has not been peer reviewed.

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