Florence Nightingale, Nurse

Title

Florence Nightingale, Nurse

Description

Lo! in that house of misery A lady with a lamp I see Pass through the glimmering gloom, And flit from room to room.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Florence Nightingale  (1820 – 1910) was a celebrated English nurse, writer and statistician. The history of modern nursing started in 1849, when Florence Nightingale began her first formal nursing training at the Institute of St. Vincent de Paul, in Alexandria, Egypt. After further trainings in Germany and in France, she voluntarily served as Superintendent at the Establishment for Gentlewomen during Illness in London. The knowledge and skills Nightingale gained from these experiences equipped her to take the challenges in tending to the British military victims when the Crimean War broke out on 1854. Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment, in 1860, of her nursing school at St Thomas' Hospital in London, the first secular nursing school in the world, now part of King's College London. She was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night.  The Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses was named in her honour, and the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on her birthday.

Creator

Library of Congress

Date

1910

Source

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Relation

Rights

Source: Zaf Udin. (2011. June 11). 25 Famous Nurses. Pulseuniform. Retrieved Oct 15, 2012 from http://bit.ly/JtoMfP

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

Library of Congress

Format

Medium: Photomechanical Print

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Florence Nightingale, Nursing, Crimean War, London, Women

Coverage

Historic

Files

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Reference

Library of Congress, Florence Nightingale, Nurse, Library of Congress, 1910

Cite As

Library of Congress, “Florence Nightingale, Nurse,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 20, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/246.