Florence Nightingale: Pioneer of Modern Nursing

4 English Trailblazers Who Changed the World

Florence Nightingale was a remarkable woman who reduced death rates, introduced sanitary reforms, and made the world aware of the need for trained nurses. Her image as ‘the Lady with the Lamp’ in Crimean hospital wards has become iconic. Learn about her private life and background, her battles with poor health, and her determination that illness would never prevent her from working. Discover what called Florence Nightingale to the Crimea, find out more about her refusal to marry, hear about her powerful influence on modern nursing and the pledge that today’s nurses still make.

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This frail young woman … embraced in her solicitude the sick of three armies.”
– Lucien Baudens

The woman with an iconic image

International Nurses Day is celebrated on the date in May when Florence Nightingale was born. The Florence Nightingale Medal is the highest distinction a nurse can achieve, and the Nightingale Pledge is taken by new nurses. She established the first secular nursing school in the world, she gave nursing a hugely improved reputation.

Florence Nightingale wrote books about medicine and nursing care, was a pioneer in statistics, using graphs to get her message across, and she even published a feminist essay, ranting about the restricted lives of middle class English women. She was the first woman to be awarded the Order of Merit and one of only three English women to appear on her country’s banknotes. Just $15, purchase access here.

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