Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale, born 1820, was the founder of contemporary modern nursing due to her reforms and developments implemented throughout her work in the Crimean War (1853-56), during the nineteenth-century. She rose to notoriety while serving as a manager for nurses, where she tended to wounded soldiers.  She quickly became known infamously as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’ from her rounds at night to check on the patients. Following her impressive work and training of nurses during this period, she returned to London and opened her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1860. This laid down the foundations for modern nursing, as Nightingale used her knowledge and influence to train women. Her writing also made an impact, written in Simple English, and providing medical information and popularising the graphical representation of statistical data.

Not only did Nightingale have a revolutionary impact on nursing and Victorian health, but she also served as a keen social activist. Her work managed to abolish excessively harsh prostitution laws, expand acceptable female employment, the improvement of healthcare across Britain, and she also advocated to help end hunger in India through relief programmes.

Nightingale’s legacy stands strong even in the modern day; the pledge taken by new nurses named as the ‘The Nightingale Pledge’ and the highest distinction a nurse can achieve is known as ‘The Florence Nightingale Medal’. Also, the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated on her birthday, the 12th of May. Her nursing hospital is opened in King’s College London, and is named ‘Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery’. Furthermore, ‘The Florence Nightingale Declaration Campaign’ was established by nursing leaders globally to advocate to build global grassroots movements based around the United Nations. Therefore, her legacy still remains strong, and Nightingale remains an inspiration for many across the world.

From, The Victorian Blogger


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