A pioneer for nurses, Florence Nightingale pushed through boundaries to provide the best care for her patients. She showed good patient care is at the forefront of nursing, driving the future of nursing towards where we are today. Even though Nightingale stressed the importance of sanitation and hygiene in nursing care, she once said, “apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion”, clearly recognizing the distress patients experience in a medical setting and the need for what we call trauma-informed care today.

This year, use Nurses Week to celebrate the nurses of the past and move into the future. What are some ways you can be a pioneer for trauma informed care in your setting? Are there things that can change?