Florence Nightingale’s Very Ordinary Ability

4202017fnFlorence Nightingale said, “If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do in His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing.”

Nothing? That’s a humble assessment from the founder of modern nursing. Florence Nightingale transformed nursing practice through her faithful devotion to God who made it all possible. This leads every nurse to ask, how can I use my “very ordinary ability” in the path God has put before me?

As we celebrate our founder’s birthday on May 12 through National Nurses Week, may you find ways to follow her example and take advantage of the opportunities God has given you to express his love and grace to your peers and co-workers.

Who knows what God can do with your “very ordinary ability?”

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Reblogged this on Labyrinth, Ideas, and Wanderings and commented: On this, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, it only seems fitting to repost this from the NCF blog. When I think about my nursing career, I have often failed to give God the thanks I should for being able to do this work.

You mentioned using our very ordinary abilities in the path God has put before us. I think one of the most beautiful aspects of nursing is the fact that there are so many different directions it can take us. God gives us unique skills and talents to follow the path of in which we are called, whether that be ICU, home health, pediatrics, long term care, or a myriad of other possibilities.

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