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1858, Florence Nightingale, photo not discovered until 2006. Florence Nightingale, one of nursing’s most important figures, gained worldwide attention for her work as a nurse during the Crimean War. She was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night to tend to injured soldiers. Early photographs of Florence Nightingale are very rare because she was extremely reluctant to be photographed, partly for religious reasons.

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.

Florence Nightingale. Celebrated English Nurse. Nightingale laid the foundation for professional nursing with the establishment of the first secular nursing school in the world. The Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses was named in her honor, and the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on her birthday.

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    Happy Nurses Day to all my co-workers, past and present, who have made my job and my life all the better!!!

Florence Nightingale - 1820-1910. The first woman to hold the Order of Merit and appear on a banknote. Her pioneering work tending to British Troops in the Crimean War earned thanks from a grateful nation.

Florence Nightingale 1858 - As a child, she was my hero - as an adult, when I truly became aware of what she did and visited places she used as hospitals, I admire her even more.

Florence Nightingale in 1856. Library of Congress.

Florence Nightingale - founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night. Nightingale wrote Notes on Nursing (1859). The book served as the cornerstone of the curriculum at the Nightingale School and other nursing schools.

Florence Nightingale's Grave, Wellow, Hampshire, England at the Church of Saint Margaret

Florence Nightingale 1820-1910, By serving in the Crimean war, Florence Nightingale was instrumental in changing the role and perception of the nursing profession.

From the Florence Nightingale Museum in London