Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale born on 12 May 1820 was a well known and celebrated English social reformer, and the founder of modern nursing. Florence became very interested in poor people and especially the ones that were sick at a young age. Florence Nightingale was officially called Superintendent of the Female Nurses in the Hospitals in the East or the Lady in Chief when she volunteered to care for wounded soldiers in the Crimean War on October 14 and left with 38 nurses a week later. The facility was gruesome but the relief fund was helpful. They soon established a kitchen and a laundry room and Florence took car of the wives and children of the soldiers and they called her The Lady of the Lamp because she was the only one who’s curfew didn’t end at 8 at night.

Early 21st century commentators have asserted Nightingale's achievements in the Crimean War. But her later achievements remain widely accepted. In 1860, Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas' Hospital in London. The nurses had to take a Nightingale’s Pledge which was named after this illustrious nurse. Her social reforms include improving healthcare for all sections of British society; improving healthcare and advocating for better hunger relief in India. Nightingale was born to a wealthy upper-class family. Unitarian religious inspiration led her to devote her life to serving others, both directly and as a reformer. This woman left this mortal world on 13 August 1910.


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