Week 20 – Florence Nightingale

This week it’s me, @bevvypix, who is helping us out with a little write up for this week’s #SiPgoes53 Human being. This amazing lady is the iconic Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC, DStJ. She was an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.

Florence Nightingale was a revolutionary figure in nursing. Her dedication during the Crimean War earned her a worldwide reputation. As more soldiers were dying from infections than from battle injuries. Nightingale and a team of nurses greatly improved the unsanitary conditions at a British hospital, working night and day to reduce the death count by two thirds.

She is famously known as the ‘Lady with the Lamp’

Later on, Queen Victoria rewarded Nightingale’s work by presenting her with an engraved brooch and a $250,000 prize. Florence decided to invest the money in building the St. Thomas’ Hospital and within it, the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. As Nightingale ascended the ranks, she became a popular role-model for many young women, inspiring them to take on nursing.

She devoted her life to reforming the health care not just in the British army but in all sections of society. The fact that we have a nursing profession today is, in large part, thanks to Nightingale’s dedication and commitment to serve others.

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