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Florence Nightingale's light on the care for patients with Covid-19 on primary care


  • Maria de las Mercedes de Dios-Aguado SESCAM
  • Sagrario Gómez-Cantarino Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
  • Paulo Joaquim Pina Queirós Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Coimbra
  • Maria Angélica de Almeida Peres UFRJ



Public health, History of nursing, Nursing, Pandemics, Coronavirus infections


Objective: To analyze the contribution of Florence Nightingale`s care model in the COVID- 19 pandemic.
Method: Reflection that addresses its theoretical model and validity in this pandemic, using the interpretative uses of research and limiting nursing care to primary care.
Results: Some of the pandemics that have caused great impact in humanity are reviewed throughout history; the evolution of nursing care in relation to pandemics is studied, the genesis of community nursing is considered and Nightingale’s care model is reviewed in COVID-19.
Conclusions: Florence Nightingale's thinking resists the passage of time and today, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the planet, her concept of holistic care and her idea of the art of nursing take on special significance by considering the context involving patients, families and communities


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