- Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC was an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing
|Born:||12 May 1820 Comment |
|How old is Florence Nightingale in 2021? / Age: ||200 years
Florence Nightingale facts
- She came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses trained by her during the Crimean War, where she organised the tending to wounded soldiers
- She gave nursing a highly favourable reputation and became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of "The Lady with the Lamp" making rounds of wounded soldiers at night
- Some recent commentators have asserted Nightingale's achievements in the Crimean War were exaggerated by the media at the time, to satisfy the public's need for a hero
- Nevertheless, critics agree on the decisive importance of her follow-up achievements in professionalising nursing roles for women
- In 1860, Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas' Hospital in London
- It was the first secular nursing school in the world, now part of King's College London
- In recognition of her pioneering work in nursing, the Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses, and the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international distinction a nurse can achieve, were named in her honour, and the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on her birthday
- Her social reforms include improving healthcare for all sections of British society, advocating better hunger relief in India, helping to abolish prostitution laws that were over-harsh to women, and expanding the acceptable forms of female participation in the workforce
- Nightingale was a prodigious and versatile writer
- In her lifetime, much of her published work was concerned with spreading medical knowledge
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