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Florence Nightingale vigorously avoided fame, as it hindered her work, yet she became the object of adulation for her deeds in the Crimean war, which inspired other women to become nurses.


Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), reformer of English nursing, received the Order of Merit for her tireless efforts during the Crimean War. She was the first female recipient of this honor. She is celebrated as an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.


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Little Florence (real name!) from 1915 who was 3 at the time. She later Went on…


Florence Nightingale Statue, London Road, Derby In those times, being a nurse was not a respectable job for a woman. In 1854 the Crimean war started. Nightingale volunteered. When Florence showed up in the army hospital she was appalled. There were diseases such as typhus, cholera and dysentery. She cleaned up the hospital and improving the quality of the sanitation; dramatically reducing the death rate of soldiers by 2/3.