Comfort is something that nurses have also always provided. As far back as St. Benedict as noted in our timeline around 480 AD -547 AD, he laid groundwork for caring. He states, “Let the greatest care be taken, especially in the reception of the poor and travelers, because Christ is received more specially in them; ” (Ch. 53)
Being a true advocate for your patient is of most importance. Sister Elizabeth Kenny is a great example of what being a patient advocate can do. She developed therapies for people with polio, through evidenced based practice she determined her therapies provided relief and helped those with polio (Meckel 2014). At the time this went against what many physicians suggested (Meckel 2014 ). . She continued to be an advocate for her patients and made history in doing so.